Barratt Homes partner with Whizz-Kidz for the 2020 London Marathon (September 2019)
We’re delighted to partner with Whizz-Kidz again this year as they celebrate their 30th anniversary, to provide 20 London Marathon places for the London Marathon 2020.
Over the past two years, 41 colleagues have taken part in the London Marathon and helped to raise more than £100,000 for this fantastic charity, helping Whizz-Kidz to support disabled children and young people across the UK who are waiting for mobility equipment that fits their young lives.
For those who signed up prior to the 25th October 2019 deadline, Whizz-Kidz asked them to raise £2,000. Barratt Homes employees could apply for Individual Matching, so for every £1,000 raised, the business would match it and donate a further £1,000.
Barratt Homes proud to support the 2019 Rock Challenge® - August 2019
Students of The Henry Beaufort School, Winchester, recently took part in the 2019 Rock Challenge, a Performing Arts competition for schools, colleges and youth groups that aspires to promote creativity, healthy lifestyles and education. It aims to show young people how they can achieve a natural ‘high’ without the use of tobacco, alcohol and other substances.
The 39 students who participated, seeing the project through from cenception to delivery, won the Student Leadership Award for their school, along with further awards for Set Design and Function, Stage Use, Visual Enhancement, Lighting, Entertainment, Concept and Performance Skill, and secured Third Place overall in the 2019 Rock Challenge. The expertly choreographed routine explored the mental health issues experienced by young people and expressed the message that "it's ok not to be ok". The full brief for their performance read:
‘Words will not define me. Every day I journey forwards. In the chaos of the world it's easy to forget that we are human. Society tells us how to feel and how to be. But what if society is wrong? I cannot change who I am and if I could? I wouldn't. I will fight the words that chain me and the oppressors in my head.’
For the School's own News bulletin on the subject, including a video of the performance, click here.
Barratt sponsors Romsey Relay Marathon for 4th year running (May 2019)
For the fourth year running Barratt Homes were the main sponsor of the Romsey Relay Marathon, based at the Broadlands Estate.
The unique event sees teams of up to 10 members take it in turn to run two laps of a 1.3-mile course before passing the baton to the next team member. The oldest competitor to date has been aged over 80, the youngest was eight years old, and the event caters for both able-bodied runners and those with disabilities. This year’s event saw more than 170 teams take part, raising up to £120,000 for local and national charities.
Daniel Bateman, one of the Barratt Homes runners, said: “It was brilliant fun and such a great opportunity for us to meet with other members of the community here in Romsey. The Relay Marathon is fast becoming a firm favourite in the Romsey event calendar and it’s our pleasure to support the event each year.”
Event organiser, Charlie Daniel-Hobbs, added: “The Rotary Club of Romsey is so grateful to Barratt Homes for helping to make the event a great success again this year. We had record numbers of people taking part, which is great news as the event is not just a race, but a community-orientated day out and major fundraising opportunity for local charities.
For more information, please visit www.romseymarathon.co.uk
KidsOut Centre transformed by Barratt Homes volunteers - May 2019
Each year more than 20,000 children flee domestic abuse to seek sanctuary in refuge. Typically leaving home with only the clothes on their back, these children have experienced physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse and arrive at refuge with nothing.
Barratt Southampton have supported Kidsout for over 6 years, hosting an annual Question of Sport Gala Dinner for over 400 people from Hampshire based companies, which has so far raised over £300,000 for the charity.
This year representatives from the division helped transform an outdoor area at Southampton’s KidsOut centre. The team of 14 - from Barratt Homes, Mackoy Ltd, Portsmouth Carpentry and Borderland Fencing - spent the day at the charity’s local centre, to create a safe and enjoyable space for disadvantaged children. The work included putting in new decking, fencing, astro turf and a shed, as well as landscaping and site clearance.
“As an established member of the Southampton community, we’re always on the lookout for worthy local causes to support,” said one of the volunteer gardeners, Barratt Homes Southampton managing director, Jon Green. “KidsOut is a vital local resource - working to remind children and thousands of others living with disadvantages what it is like to just have fun. It was a tiring day and we all had a few ach-ing bones, but it was an absolute pleasure doing what we could to help.”
An employee of the KidsOut Centre said: “I literally do not know where to start in thanking everyone involved in the transformation of the garden. The children were so excited they looked like they were going to burst. All the women here love it and are so grateful. Volunteers like these truly make a difference to the lives of children who are forced to leave their family homes. Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every person who took part.”