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British Gas employees go the extra mile to help raise £250,000 for Shelter

Hundreds of British Gas employees, their friends and families, walked, jogged or cycled for miles Sunday, as the first two ‘British Gas Treks Britain 2015’ events got underway.

 

The picturesque Henley on Thames and the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan in Wales were the locations for the first two events, where participants had the choice between a 10km trek, a 40km cycle or, the most gruelling, an 80km cycle. There was also a 2km 'toddler trek'.

 

Four more British Gas Treks Britain events will be taking place across the UK this month as part of the company’s five year partnership with Shelter which began in 2012. The partnership aims to raise standards in privately rented homes as well as raise £1 million for Shelter by 2017.

 

This year’s treks are aiming to raise £250,000 and all of the money raised will go to the charity to help families struggling with poor housing and homelessness.

 

Shelter makes sure no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own, helping over four million people a year by providing free online, phone and face to face advice services across the country.

 

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “We’re so grateful to all of the British Gas employees who have really gone the extra mile in support of Shelter, and hopefully had a great day out too. The money raised will help us continue to be there so that no-one has to face bad housing and homelessness on their own.”

 

Stephen Beynon, Managing Director, Energy, at British Gas, took part in the event on Sunday. He said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to colleagues and their friends and family members who gave up their time to take part in this worthwhile challenge.  I was pleased to take part and see so many supporting our Shelter partnership. 

 

“I’m very proud that the British Gas Treks Britain events will help to make a real difference for many people experiencing poor housing or homelessness.”

 

Shelter helps four million people a year tackle poor housing and homelessness. For free, expert advice from Shelter visit shelter.org.uk/advice or call the helpline on 0808 800 4444

 

For more information contact:

Leigh Franks
Leigh.Franks@britishgas.co.uk

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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