Russell team successfully sheds the pounds for charity

EMPLOYEES at Russell Roof Tiles have surpassed their weight loss target and raised more than £2,000 for local causes in the process.

The pitched roof tile manufacturer announced earlier in the year that 21 team members had opted to embark on a challenge to lose 21 stone collectively.

Staff shed an impressive 23 stone 11lbs as a part of the company’s fundraising initiative, Give 4 Good.

By pledging £100, each team member signed up to lose a minimum of one stone. The staff who reached their target saw Russell Roof Tiles match and donate £100.

The Russell Roof Tiles Give 4 Good programme helps the local community, and many charities will benefit from the money raised. Raising over £55,000 in 2022, the firm has already added over £2,000 from the weight loss challenge to the 2023 pot, which has a £40,000 target for the year.

MD Andrew Haywood, who took part in the challenge and lost 5Ibs himself, said, “The whole team have exceeded our expectations and we could not be prouder of what we have achieved. We have successfully shed the festive weight whilst raising a great amount of money to support the local community. We really wanted to  encourage anyone in the team who wanted to drop a few extra festive pounds in a sensible and safe way.

“There will be more charity efforts to come throughout the year and we can’t wait to continue fundraising through some more exciting events.”

The weight loss challenge was the first charity initiative of the year for Russell Roof Tiles. It comes ahead of a skydive event set to take place in July. Charities including Mind – Burton and District, Burton YMCA, The Young Ones Burton and Burton Soup Kitchen will benefit from the Give 4 Good initiative.