Staff at North East property and energy firm the Banks Group have gone on the run to raise a four-figure sum for a Durham-based charity which works with children and young people with disabilities.
Employees at the Durham-based firm have adopted Integrating Children as their charity of the year for 2015, and as part of their year-long fundraising effort, entered a team in the Druridge Bay 10k race, which took place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
Eleven Banks runners lined up at the start of the course, which includes gravel tracks, grass, tarmac, firm sand and the Druridge Bay beach itself, and after everyone had crossed the finish line, the total raised had reached £1,187.
Based in Chester-le-Street, Integrating Children aims to involve children and young people aged between six and 25 years old with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties in mainstream activities which can help them build key life skills and friendships, improve confidence, and enable them to interact better with others.
The organisation works with up to 100 children and young people a year and offers over ten thousand activity hours per annum during both term time and school holidays.
Activities are organised between Integrating Children’s staff, the young people in question and their families, and include individual and team sports, music, rowing, going to the cinema or theatre, shopping trips, or going as a group to a restaurant.
Jeannie Kielty, who is part of the Banks’ Druridge Bay 10K team, says: “Supporting a charity that does so much good in our home area provides all the incentive we need to bring in as much as we can, and we’re thrilled with the amount that the Druridge Bay run has helped us to raise.
“We’ve got many more activities planned for the rest of the year, including further physical challenges like this one, and we hope they’ll all hopefully be as enjoyable and rewarding as our run in the Bank Holiday sun.”
For more information on supporting Integrating Children, visit www.integratingchildren.co.uk or follow @IntChildren on Twitter.