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:
- Enable young people at risk of homelessness to thrive by addressing past trauma and build psychological resilience.
- Enhance staff skills, attitudes, behaviours and resilience to cope with supporting young people in overcoming past issues.
- 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.