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IWJS supports Kier Infrastructure 1,000 mile charity challenge

Kier Infrastructure raised over £32,000 for charity after its employees took part in the 1,000-mile ‘Integrating Infrastructure’ fundraising challenge. Kier Bear and his Kier colleagues took in iconic sites like Big Ben on the 1,000-mile green challenge.

Employees from 18 Kier Infrastructure sites and offices travelled the length and breadth of the UK using only non-motorised transport. The teams cycled, paddled and walked their section of the journey before handing over the special cuddly Kier Bear ‘baton’ to the next Kier team, with supporters able to track their progress on Twitter by using the hashtag #wheresthebear.

After starting in Ayrshire, Scotland, employees travelled across the country with Kier Bear to sites in Liverpool, Plymouth and London before finally returning home to Kier’s Bedfordshire-based head office in Tempsford.

The full blog can be read here

Here is an extract…

“Kier Bear arrived at IWJS riding in a Camford cement truck and after a very comfy ride Bear and Sam arrived at IWJS, where they were met by Ivan Clarke, the Depot Manager. As it was getting late in the day it was decided that Bear would spend the evening with John Adams and his family who lived close by.

Nice and early the next morning Bear had a chance to look round the IWJS yard, seeing how everything worked and having a good look at their new rescue vehicles, which are kitted out to enable all types of rescue, including those from confined spaces.

Then it was time to meet Scott, the tanker driver, who would be taking Bear and Sam to their final destination on the East Coast”

Smashing the original fundraising target set for each Kier company board of £10,000, the 1,000-mile challenge raised an incredible £32,000. The money was split between 11 local charities chosen by the Kier teams, as well as The Kier Foundation, an independently registered charity that supports both Kier’s charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support, and other charitable causes close to its employees and the communities it operates in.

Sean Jeffery, Kier executive director for infrastructure, said: “I would like to say a really big heart-felt thank you to everyone who took part, donated vehicles and equipment and sponsored our employees. Kier people have big hearts when it comes to charity, and will always rally round to help the causes close to their hearts. But even so, I was astounded at the enthusiasm that our teams took to this most challenging of challenges with, and I am so proud of the fantastic amount we’ve raised for both vital local charities, and our own Kier Foundation.”