Liverpool to Leeds Fundraising Challenge


                                                Water Street Pupils Cheer Alex on his Way!

Alex Holliday, Building Surveyor and Associate, at Bowman Riley has achieved a huge personal challenge by running 90 miles in three days along the Leeds-Liverpool canal to raise money for Skipton’s local children’s charity SELFA and for a joint campaign launched by the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and youth homeless charity, LandAid to deliver more homes for young homeless people.

On Monday 23rd April Alex embarked on his challenge – starting in Liverpool he ran 48 miles to Chorley, unfortunately the following day he suffered a knee injury and was forced to retire after 8.5 miles, however, on his third day he managed to complete the end of his challenge and ran the impressive final 34 miles to Leeds.

Alex was spurred on by the Year 4 pupils from Water Street Primary School who had gathered with the Mayor of Skipton, Cllr. Andrew Rankine, and friends and colleagues from Bowman Riley and SELFA on Gallows Bridge in Skipton. The crowd were there to cheer Alex on which inspired him on his final leg of his journey.

Alex Holliday, Associate Building Surveyor, Bowman Riley, “I am immensely proud of my efforts to cover the distance I did is a great achievement. I’m grateful to all the supporters, who have donated to both charities and I am proud to have raised more than I anticipated with the total still rising! It was the hardest thing that I have ever done but to have the support of SELFA, the children of Water Street Primary, colleagues, friends and family at Gallows Bridge was just unbelievable!”

Alex managed to exceed his target to raise £4743.75 which will be shared between his chosen causes SELFA and the RICS Pledge 150 initiative with LandAid.

Emma Pears, Chief Officer of SELFA said, “We are absolutely thrilled that Alex has exceeded his very ambitious target of £2000, it was such a mammoth challenge that pushed him to his limits and we are proud to be one of the charities chosen to benefit from his efforts.”

Victoria Hampson, RICS Regional Director, North and Midlands commented, “The funds raised by Alex during this incredibly tough challenge will go towards funding bed spaces for young homeless people in the region, so we are incredibly grateful to him. Alex did amazingly well, especially considering he suffered a knee injury during the challenge. We hope he manages to get some well-deserved rest!”

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