Hughes Electrical take fundraising to new heights to help combat youth homelessness

The Benjamin Foundation (TBF) is now £21,000 better off thanks to nine employees of Hughes Electrical who took part in a sponsored skydive, along with Chrissy from the TBF family.

The team set themselves the target of raising £10,000 with Hughes Electrical matching pound for pound up to that amount.

One of those taking part was Jack Phelps, Hughes director of retail who said; “The skydive was a great effort as none of us had parachuted previously – but a lot of fun too. We are thrilled to have smashed our fund-raising target and delighted the money is going to such a great cause.”

The Benjamin Foundation will use the money to support the implementation of its PIE project; standing for Psychologically Informed Environment.

This is a targeted training and development programme to support staff and managers by helping them deal with the complexities surrounding youth homelessness – such as family breakdown and wellbeing issues. PIE has three main aims:

  1. Enable young people at risk of homelessness to thrive by addressing past trauma and build psychological resilience.
  2. Enhance staff skills, attitudes, behaviours and resilience to cope with supporting young people in overcoming past issues.
  3. Enable young people to move on and sustain their independence in a home of their own.

Kirsty Pitcher, Chief Operating Officer of the Benjamin Foundation said; “We are incredibly grateful for the support through such an adrenaline-filled activity! The money raised by Hughes Electrical helps increase awareness of our work and has made a fantastic contribution to our PIE Project, supporting both staff and young people at The Benjamin Foundation.”

Those taking part in the skydive from Hughes were: Jim Bruce, Simon Cox, Steve Galloway, Tom Gosling, Michelle Hughes, Jack Phelps, Chris Thornton, Karl Topley and Declan Woods who were joined by Chrissy Fletcher from the charity.

Quote Marks Left Our Events programme is an important part of our fundraising. At a time when some other sources of funding are under pressure these events are really important.

Chris Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager

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