704SE7ENTY Tour de Faithful+Gould

Jon Sealy
It is thought that more than a third of people in the United Kingdom have a friend or family member with dementia, while across the globe one in 20 people over 60 live with the disease.

Faithful+Gould has come a long way since we started as a four man quantity surveying company in Bristol 70 years ago. We are marking our 70th anniversary by giving back, and to celebrate this, we have launched 704SE7ENTY, an initiative to raise £70,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society by cycling 7,000 miles in 70 days. Starting in late May, colleagues will be cycling from office to office, covering the equivalent mileage by cycling on designated routes or stationary bikes where necessary, across all our 26 locations in the UK and Europe taking in the likes of London, Athens, Manchester, Belfast, Paris and Leeds.

Our North West region has started early on the fund raising campaign, with six colleagues putting on the lycra to take part in Cyclone24, a gruelling 24 hour relay at the World famous Manchester Velodrome, home to numerous Olympic champions. Elsewhere, thirteen people from Faithful+Gould are in the Salford Dragon Boat race on Sunday 21st May 2017 at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre, in Salford Quays.

My personal pledge between now and the end of the 70 days is to ride 700 miles and raise in excess of £1,000. Donate to my page here.

It’s not, however, just the budding Jason Kennys and Ben Ainslies that can raise money for 704SE7ENTY. Fundraising activities are happening all over the country from office spinathons, 10k runs and marathons to golf day challenges, charity balls and bake offs. We have already had a great response and support on our Just Giving page from clients, peers and supply chain, as well as friends and family.

This is not our first involvement with dementia and its impacts. Leeds-based Leanne Owen, who won both the Quantity Surveyor and Young Surveyor of the year at the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards in 2015, specialises in dementia-friendly schemes, helping clients achieve environments which can enhance the lives of people living with dementia. She has also attended the University of Stirling’s dementia design school and is a Dementia Friend of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Faithful+Gould are passionate and committed to making a difference in the older persons’ market and are a centre of excellence for care and extra care. We have delivered a number of projects and work with universities and relevant organisations to carry out research to further understand and develop the industry standards in care and extra care, with dementia being at the forefront.

We are uniting against dementia and will be covering this remarkable distance in aid of Alzheimer’s UK, I implore you to become involved in 704SE7ENTY and help us raise at least £70,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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