"Journey into the unknown" says director as staff undertake epic charity fitness challenge - DorsetBizNews

2022-08-27 01:25:38 By : Ms. Susan Liu

Staff at a Poole-based property developer are taking on an epic fitness challenge to raise much-needed funds for homelessness charity Routes to Roots (R2R).

The fitness challenge in the last week of September will see individuals at AJC Group swap their typical working week for:

The fundraising target for the challenge has been set at £10,000.

Already more than £750 has been donated.

The money raised will pay for an increase in much-needed overnight bed spaces for the people R2R supports and accommodates on a daily/weekly basis.

The Poole-based charity currently provides basic life necessities such as food, shelter, facilities, clothes, and support to an increasing number of people in most need.

Seb Janes, Director of AJC Group, pictured left, said: “We are fully committed to giving this epic fitness challenge our all to help raise funds for our charity partner, Routes to Roots.

“While the cost of living crisis is affecting us all, we are very grateful to have our jobs, our houses and a happy homelife.

“The men and women that Routes to Roots help on a daily basis face complex challenges that have only been heightened in recent times.

“None of us have ever tackled these sorts of swimming, cycling, or hiking distances before, so it will be a journey into the unknown.

“By pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone for what will be a very long and testing week, we hope that we can count on the generosity of our family, friends, and those we work with to dig deep and donate.”

The AJC team has elected to take on the fitness challenge locally in either Poole Harbour, or on a treadmill or static bike in the company’s Poole office, in order to keep the carbon footprint for the challenge to a minimum.

Kate Mellor, Chair of the Routes to Roots Trustees, said: “We are hugely grateful to AJC Group for supporting us in this way, enduring a very tough week undertaking the three formidable fitness challenges.

“With Covid-19 still very present, and the cost of living crisis escalating by the week, it is an incredibly tough time for all charities.

“The work we do with local people across Poole and the wider Dorset area to enable them to find and keep a home, develop their skills, increase opportunities – and ultimately prevent homelessness – is essential.

“We work with people in need every single year and with our operating costs rising significantly, we need to work harder than ever to be able to provide vital support day after day.”

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