Over the past few months YBS colleagues have embarked on fundraising challenges to raise money for our charity partner, EYH. Individuals and teams from across the business gave up their time and raised funds by taking part in challenges on water, up mountains, in mud and over and under obstacles, all helping to raise money to house even more young homeless people.
The most gruelling challenge of all was the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Over 80 colleagues started their day at 4am and braved 26 miles through treacherous weather conditions scaling Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours.
Louise Slater, Senior Manager – Customer Division Business Support, said:
“Personally it was the toughest challenge I’ve ever done, both physically and mentally. What got me through it, aside from lots of good luck messages and sponsorship, was the real sense of team work!
Some found it tougher than others (me included, short legs so have to do lots more steps) but every one of our group looked out for someone else. There were lots of words of encouragement and support, plenty of laughs and never once was anyone made to feel like they were holding others up.”
We also had nearly 100 colleagues take part in Game of Zones, a combination of challenges ranging from obstacles courses to axe throwing. Sharon Croft, Policy Support Consultant, said “It was great working in a team and even though there were different abilities, we all pulled together and did our bit encouraging each other along the way. Some of the challenges were more enjoyable than others!!! Axe throwing was great for relieving stress but the stinking bog was just disgusting”.
You can watch a video of the event here:
23 colleagues from across branches in the area pulled together to take part in The Bradford Dragon Boat Raceraising over £1,300!
And 8 colleagues raised £1,300 taking part in a REALLY Tough Mudder.
But, we’re not stopping there. This Autumn, YBS colleagues up and down the country will again be taking part in EYH Sleep Out events, experiencing a little of what it’s like to sleep rough for the night. You can find out more about this event in a previous update we did last year here.
If you would like to get involved in a fundraising event for End Youth Homelessness then you can find out more on their website.
We’re continuing to build on the success of our apprenticeship scheme.
Our colleagues volunteer their time in schools to improve young people’s financial education.
Colleagues swap their beds for sleeping bags to raise money for End Youth Homelessness.
The way consumers use financial services is evolving, leading to some necessary changes for us to meet our customers’ changing needs.
Hundreds of our colleagues take on our Peak District challenge for End Youth Homelessness.
We’re working towards our ambition of creating an inclusive work environment, where all colleagues can contribute to the Group’s success.
We are supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of our charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
With EYH, we have housed 15 young people since launching in June.
Building on the success of our apprenticeship scheme, we’ve opened 24 new positions across 10 different business areas.
We are proud to have been a double winner at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2016.
Our six Savings Pledges reflect how we believe savings institutions should behave.
Over 1,300 solar panels installed at our Bradford and Peterborough offices .
Everyday Thanks was launched in September 2015 as part of our Group’s 150th birthday.