They completed the challenge!
Well done to all our runners and thank you for raising funds and awareness about Galvin’s Chance.
On Friday 6th June, 91 intrepid runners took on the Tower to raise funds for Galvin’s Chance, HCF’s into-work programme.
For this gruelling challenge event, runners raced 4.5km around Hyde Park before charging up 28 flights of stairs to Galvin@Windows, to be greeted by a breakfast roll and a glass of champagne. For those who were not sufficiently daunted by the prospect of the Tower, the run was interspersed with four obstacle challenges designed by British Military Fitness to test participants to the absolute limit. Four teams crawled, sprinted, barrel-raced and clambered their way to the end of the race before taking on the Tower.
Our runners performed fantastically, with fastest male Matthew Shaw running 19m19s, the fastest female Ruth Spivey with 25m22s, and the fastest team was Daniel, Neil, Will and Steve from British Military Fitness Watford at 32m14s. Full race results
Participants and spectators enjoyed breakfast with a spectacular view over London, and were addressed by Galvin’s Chance founders Chris Galvin, Chef Patron, and Fred Siriex, General Manager at Galvin@Windows. Runners also heard from three former graduates of the programme, who spoke about the difference the programme has made to their lives.
Runners were raising funds for Galvin’s Chance, our into-work programme delivered by partner Springboard. Now in its fifth year, the programme accepts referrals from the Probation Service and the Job Centre and is designed to create opportunities for young people deemed vulnerable or at-risk whether through homelessness, a chaotic home life or for other reasons. These young people have often been through challenging circumstances with little or no support, and struggle to see how, or even if, they have any alternatives ahead of them.
Galvin’s Chance offers these young people the opportunity of a different future. The programme offers pre-employment training, a work placement in a front-of-house role at a high-end venue, and an interview with the view to continuation into full-time employment. Graduates gain the skills, confidence and training which will allow them to turn around their own lives and to pursue a career in the hospitality sector. Participating employers include Galvin@Windows, the Lansdowne Club, the Duck & Waffle, and the Royal Automobile Club. Following a successful pilot in Edinburgh at The Caledonian, a Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Galvin’s Chance is also in the process of being rolled out in the Scottish capital.
So far the event has raised over £10,500 for Galvin’s Chance with more pledged to follow over the coming days. From the funds raised so far, 21 places have been created on the 2014 programme due to start in September. We would like to thank all our runners and supporters for their generosity, and for helping to create brighter futures for young people.
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