Balfour Beatty provides major fundraising support to Edinburgh charity

Balfour Beatty and Steps to Hope representatives at the University of Edinburgh

BALFOUR Beatty employees in Scotland have teamed up with addiction and homelessness charity, Steps for Hope, to raise more than £140,000 to support people in need in Edinburgh.

The most recent fundraising initiative, supported by the University of Edinburgh, saw Balfour Beatty and its supply chain partner, Anixter, recycle and sell approximately 8.5 tonnes of redundant materials from the Institute of Regeneration and Repair Expansion project – an initiative which will see Balfour Beatty construct a new research facility for the university. All proceeds from the sale of the materials were donated to Steps to Hope.

Richard Roncero, founder & operations manager for Steps to Hope, said, “We are absolutely over the moon and grateful to have received this sizeable donation from the Balfour Beatty and University of Edinburgh team. These funds will make a huge impact in allowing us to continue carrying out our vital work for those who need it most here in Edinburgh.”

Hector MacAulay MBE, regional MD of Balfour Beatty’s business in Scotland, added, “Wherever we operate, we always seek to support the local community including its businesses, people and charities, collaborating to create better futures for people and communities most in need. This innovative fundraising idea was truly a win-win as it saw the recycling of redundant materials from the project raise funds for a fantastic cause.”

In further support of Steps for Hope, Balfour Beatty’s regional operations manager, Ray Duffy, completed the ‘Climb to Hope’ challenge, climbing the 3,255 ft Cuillins Rocky Range before abseiling into, and spending a night in, Bastier Nick cave. The funds raised were donated to the ‘5 Weeks Sleeping Rough’ challenge which involved Richard Roncero sleeping rough for five weeks in five UK cities.

Balfour Beatty continued its support last month with senior project manager, Mark Reid, walking 50 miles along the East Coast of Scotland, raising over £5,500 for the charity.