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AWE and the Greenham Common Trust joined forces to turn a weight-loss challenge into pounds for local charity, Children 1st West Berkshire.
In order to promote a healthy lifestyle, AWE employees introduced an ‘Olympic Challenge’ event whereby teams of five could lose weight and take part in weekly weigh-ins.
To encourage improved performance, a fining system was introduced whereby anyone putting on weight during the week was asked to pay £1 per pound of weight gained, escalating to £2 per pound for persistent offenders.
The AWE team of Lindsay Benjamin, Peter Dack, John Ansell, Tim Marsh and Jim Dobbie lost 8 stones over the 4 months of the challenge – 10% of their initial combined weight.
Team member, Tim Marsh, said: “Other fines for bad dietary behaviours helped raise £72 by the end of the challenge which has been donated to AWE’s local charity of the year - Children 1st West Berkshire, which does some great work with kids who are leaving care and making the first daunting steps towards independence.”
Tim added: “AWE’s Community Committee then matched the amount raised and this was then donated to Children 1st West Berkshire via Greenham Common Trust’s “Findmeagrant” website, which through gift aid and a generous “Trust Top Up”, was able to more than quadruple the initial amount raised of £72 to nearly £300!”
The Greenham Common Trust is a keen supporter of Children 1st West Berkshire, having provided suitable accommodation for them to create their first home in the country for 18-21 year-olds leaving the care system.
Greenham Common Trust spokesman, Julian May added: “Findmeagrant, which is managed by Greenham Common Trust in West Berkshire and North Hampshire, is a great way to raise money for local charities. When your employer makes a donation too, this can quadruple your original donation if your project is eligible for the matched funding element of Trust Top-Up and Gift Aid, as it was in this case. www.findmeagrant.org is a fantastic and quick way to reach your fundraising targets.”
The Children 1st West Berkshire charity, which is also referred to as Cornerstone, after the name of the house where the young adults are based, was nominated by AWE staff as this year’s local charity, while the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust was chosen as the company’s national charity to support.
The aim of the home, which can house up to four young adults at a time, is to bridge the gap between officially leaving care and taking the daunting step of achieving independence and self-sufficiency.
The residents are aged between 16-21 years old when they arrive, and the house not only provides a roof over their heads and a safe environment, but also gives them the opportunity to acquire essential life skills including: social skills, learning how to cook and organise their time, and how to budget on a set income.
Notes to Editors
1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent
2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
3. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888.