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Contour Homes staff row 38km in charity challenge


Published by RichardBramwell for Symphony Housing Group in Housing

The Contour Homes rowers after completing their charity challenge in the Lake District The Contour Homes rowers after completing their charity challenge in the Lake District

Contour Homes staff took part in a gruelling 38km rowing challenge in the Lake District to raise money for five North West charities.

Seventeen colleagues completed the distance across Ullswater, Lake Windermere and Coniston Water in just under 10 hours at the weekend – and are set to smash their £6,000 fund-raising target.

The housing association celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and staff wanted to do something special for charities supporting people in the areas where it provides homes. So Contour signed up for the Three Lakes Challenge and is also organising a series of other fund-raising events throughout the year.

Staff set themselves a £6,000 target but already the amount raised has topped £5,300.

The charities that will benefit are Preston Domestic Violence Service; Bolton-based Paws For Kids, which supports children and animals affected by domestic abuse; Manchester’s world-famous Christie Hospital; Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham; and the Cumbria-based Brathay Trust, which works with young people from across the North West.

The 17-strong team was cheered on by friends, family and colleagues at the weekend, completing the challenge way inside the 12-hour target they’d been set.

Ann Walton, revenue services manager at Contour Homes, part of Symphony Housing Group, said: “It was an incredible experience and I think it’s one that we’ll all remember for a very long time.

“It was great to work as a team so that we can support some amazing charities that make a huge difference in the communities where we work.

“2014 is a landmark one for Contour Homes but we didn’t want it to be just about us. Everybody has really pulled together for these worthy causes and we hope that the money will continue to roll in.”

The colleagues who took part are: managers Karen Hughes, Pete Coventry and Ann Walton; Rosie Morton and Jonathan Taylor, from the Insight and Innovation team; contact and support officer Zedelle Woodward; Debra Nadler, Patricia Ehis and Rob Davies from Revenue Services; maintenance surveyor Derek Salmon; neighbourhood officers Anne McGrath and Lisa Baines; community worker Dave Fraser; Chris Farmer from the Independent Living team; and Olivia Wilson, Jenni Daniels and Faye Ditchfield from the Housing Options team.

Contour Homes managing director Judith Winterbourne added: “I’m really proud of everybody who took part in this gruelling challenge. The whole organisation was rooting for them at the weekend and our rowers did an outstanding job.

“We’re very much a part of the communities where we work and the charities we’ve chosen to support all do an incredible job. In this, our 10th anniversary year, we wanted to do our bit to help and we hope that support will make a positive difference.”

Anybody who would like to support the fund-raising efforts is urged to visit the team’s Just Giving page at or contact Ann Walton on 0161 875 8070.


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