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16 MAY 2018

The north triumphs in tough challenges for Pledge150

Chartered surveyors as well as RICS staff took part in three tough challenges in the North of England to raise funds for our Pledge150 campaign – in partnership with LandAid - which aims to deliver at least 150 bed spaces for young homeless people.

Sports stars spur on members in the Sunderland 10k  

Over 25 built environment professionals – including RICS members – took part in the Siglion Sunderland City 10K in aid of Pledge150.

In the lead up to the challenge, the fundraisers were spurred on by athletics stars Steve Cram and Aly Dixon who both went for a run along part of the course with them, followed by a question and answer session during which the two stars offered advice and top tips for race day.

On the day, the fastest male runner in the group was Phil Hirst from Malcolm Hollis, whilst Katy Clark from Naylors earnt the fastest female title. The team are still collecting donations, but to date have raised over £1,000.

Running from Liverpool to Leeds

Alex Holliday, building surveyor and associate at Bowman Riley in Leeds, achieved a huge personal challenge by running 90 miles in three days along the Leeds-Liverpool canal to raise over £4,700 for both Pledge150 and Skipton based children's charity, SELFA.

After suffering a knee injury on the second day, Alex’s challenge nearly came to an end. However, he was spurred on by Year 4 pupils at a local school who had gathered with the Mayor of Skipton, Councillor Andrew Rankine, and friends and colleagues from Bowman Riley and SELFA on Gallows Bridge in Skipton.

From Keswick to Barrow

Barry Cullen, RICS Diversity and Inclusion Director – who first experienced homelessness in the 1990s having sofa-surfed for three months – took on the 40-mile Keswick-to Barrow (K2B) challenge, completing it under 10 hours and raising over £1,000 for Pledge150.

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