As part of their efforts to support Macmillan Cancer Support, staff and learners from a Warwickshire business took to the canal towpath for a stroll between Nuneaton and Coventry.
The day, which raised more than £500, began in relaxed style with coffee mornings held in aid of the charity – one at the firm’s offices in Smithford Way, Coventry, and another in Mill St, Nuneaton.
As part of the Study Programme course, students invited partner organisations of employment and training experts Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) to join them for coffee and cakes before changing into their walking boots.
Skills for Life trainer Sarah Albrighton said it was the young people’s idea to include support for Macmillan as part of the course.
“The programme, called Nu-Traxx Connect, is about equipping 16-18 year-old school leavers with a range of life and employability skills,” said Sarah. “Our learners used this opportunity in developing their aptitude to social responsibility with great effect.”
Each group set off to meet at the halfway mark, the Greyhound Inn at Hawkesbury Junction near Exhall. The students even designed and printed their own t-shirts, spelling out the word Macmillan on the back for other walkers to see. After a short break each group returned to their respective centres to add up their sponsorship and collective totals for the event.
On behalf of the charity, fundraising manager Emily Morgan said: “It’s crucial that local business supports one of our biggest events, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. People of all ages get behind us but it’s fantastic to see these young job seekers going the extra mile to provide help for others. Well done.”
Sarah added that this was the seventh continuous year that the company had raised funds for Macmillan as one of its supported charities, raising in excess of £20,000 in total.
PPDG won the five to seven year Work Programme contract as a prime deliverer in Staffordshire, the Birmingham, Solihull & Black Country region in a national tendering process carried out by the Government. Its team of employment experts provides advice on benefits, confidence building, one-to-one support, CV and interview preparation as well as finding the right job or training course. In partnership with DWP, the Ministry of Justice and Jobcentre Plus, PPDG delivers a diverse range of employment and training initiatives and many programmes financed by the European Social Fund. The company came second in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2012.