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Second weekend of 'British Gas Treks Britain' 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 ‘British Gas Treks Britain 2015’ events continued this weekend.

Tabley House and Estate in Knutsford in Cheshire and Cattows Farm in Coalville in Leicestershire were the locations for the second weekend of 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’.

Six British Gas Treks Britain events are 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.”

Stuart Rolland, Managing Director, British Gas Business, took part in the 80km cycle challenge in Coalville. 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 really delighted 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 affected by 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.

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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