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Overbury team raises over £16,000 for North West causes

A fit out and refurbishment firm has raised more than £16,000 for chosen charities in the North West so far this year.

Overbury, which has an office in Manchester as well as bases in Glasgow and Leeds, has already beaten its fundraising targets for 2016 as employees have taken on a number of challenges in the region.

Knutsford-based The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), which runs activity camps and care programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children, is among causes benefitting from donations as technical services manager Chris Healing generated a £10,000 boost.

Healing, who lives in Warrington and is working on a Cheshire fit out project close to the charity, completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge alongside five of his colleagues and climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 23 hours.

He is also working to raise a further £1,500 for CAFT this summer by completing an open air swim at Salford Quays, the Salford Quays Triathlon and the Bassenthwaite Triathlon, and says: “I wanted to support CAFT as a local Cheshire charity that helps so many young people who would not otherwise be given these kinds of opportunities.

“The work that it does is so inspiring and I am proud that we’ve been able to raise such a significant amount.”

Meanwhile Overbury project manager Gennaro Sarno took on the Three Peaks Challenge earlier this year and raised £5,000 for the North West’s Reuben’s Retreat charity. He was supported by his team who are currently fitting out the new Ericsson office in MediaCityUK.

The charity provides countryside retreats for families and friends of those who have lost or are raising a terminally ill child.

The firm’s site manager Mike Alker and assistant site manager Kevin Rider also plummeted 15,000 ft in a sky dive over Lancashire to raise £1,600 for The Downs Syndrome Association, having chosen the charity in support of a fellow team member working on a fit out in Manchester.

Peter Knight, Overbury’s northern managing director, says: “We give our team a day each year to take on a charity initiative.  This year everyone has been really proactive in identifying causes that have a positive impact on the areas surrounding our projects.

“Physical challenges like swimming, mountain climbing and skydiving are impressive, but so are the smaller initiatives.

“As a construction business, we are fortunate that our people have practical and managerial skills to offer the local community and I am extremely proud of the way our team has supported so many good causes.”

For more information about the challenges, visit www.justgiving.com/thecaft5eventchallenge