STOBG CARES: Pedalling for Health at the London Charity Sportive
As our industry progresses, so does our readiness to encourage collaboration and partnership within our communities and increase our mental health awareness. Structure Tone London employees proudly buckled their helmets for the inaugural London Charity Sportive to support construction workers and their families in the UK while promoting culture, health, and well-being beyond the workplace.
“Over recent years cycling has become a very popular pastime in the UK, for many in the construction industry, it’s the new golf,” says Structure Tone business development director Richard Irwin.
The Lighthouse Club Construction Industry Charity was founded in 1956 and is the only non-profit in the United Kingdom and Ireland that provides financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families. “The Lighthouse Club supports people who worked in construction who might have had an accident or lost their job,” says Irwin. “The big subject for them this year compared to the last few years has been mental health.”
From spreading the word on social media to using word of mouth, over 200 people signed up for the sportive this year. The 40 and 70-mile circular routes on rural roads through the stunning Chiltern Hills in England presented a challenge for everyone, but the feedback and sense of achievement was fantastic. Marketing manager Daniel Willcox helped organize the event by adding instructions on the website and tips on training. “I believe because it was a bit difficult, it really brought people together,” says Willcox. “It gave people something to look forward to and look back on afterward.”
After crossing the finish line, Structure Tone London raised over £10,000 for the Lighthouse Club—a substantial amount for the non-profit. Irwin says he hopes to see more people participate next year. “I think the biggest goal for us next year is to get over 300 more sign-ups,” says Irwin. “We’re also going to make the journey a bit more accessible. Instead of just having two routes, we’ll create three with a slightly shorter one for those who haven’t done as much cycling in the past.”
The event was such a success, thanks in large part to its generous sponsors, that it garnered great feedback from subcontractors, suppliers, and clients.
“It was an absolutely magic day! Many thanks to Structure Tone for organizing this event and to all the riders who donated in support of the Lighthouse Club,” says Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club Construction Industry Charity. “The donations really helped to provide emotional, physical, and financial support to construction workers and their families across the UK and Ireland.”
“It was really well hosted,” says Richard Hitch, director at Blackburn & Co. “We were all aching but we got to see a beautiful part of England while helping support an amazing cause.”
The Structure Tone Charity Sportive will be returning to Wormsley Park in September 2022.
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