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Tour de Youth Zone: complete!

Last week Britplas’ Design Manager Neil Tattersall and 18 other supporters of Onside Youth Zones set off from Carlisle Youth Zone and travelled 471 miles in 5 days, before reaching Legacy Youth Zone in Croydon, London

Somehow blessed with a week of dry weather in what was otherwise a very soggy week for the UK, every rider reached the days checkpoint without fail, an outstanding achievement given that for many this was the first time attempting such a long, hard ride. Over £40k was raised, all of which will go into front line services helping young people up and down England.

Neil commented “I rode with some real characters – Youth Zone workers, Team Leaders, CEO’s, Fund Raisers as well as Onside Charity and patrons from the private sector – all of whom proved to be very inspirational, very entertaining and very determined ride companions which made for a great and fascinating all-round experience. Some people were literally at their physical and mental limit with tears w shed and some instances of extreme fatigue, but, very much to their credit, every participant managed to complete the challenge.

The triumphant ticker-tape reception at almost every Youth Zone quickly made it clear that the suffering had been very much worthwhile, and each could relax safe in the knowledge that the money raised by their efforts will be well utilised to improve opportunities and the health and wellbeing of young people up and down the country.”

2019 Tour de Youth Zone: from Carlisle to Croydon!

On Saturday 21st October a team of 25 local cyclists, including our own Neil Tattersall, will set off from Carlisle Youth Zone and travel 471 miles over 5 days to reach the finish line at Croydon Youth Zone!

The Tour de Youth Zone will take in all 15 sites that Onside Youth Zones run with the aim to raise money for their ongoing work in local community’s.

Open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, offering over 20 activities per night, OnSide Youth Zone’s support young people to lead healthier, happier, more aspirational lives by providing quality activities, new opportunities and offering a listening ear to those need it.

Neil will be flying the flag for Britplas on the Tour de Youth Zone, if you can donate please follow this link

The sun shines on another Britplas annual company day!

Friday saw both the sun come out and our annual company day take place at a local sports club. As a result of another year of growth, it was once again our biggest ever held, with over 100 employees attending! Another chance to represent our company value of Better Together!

First up all staff were presented with a review of Britplas performance from our Directors and a progress update from our chosen charity, local children’s charity Warrington Youth Zone. The most anticipated part of the day followed, a hotly contested It’s a Knockout set of challenges with Team 4 running out as eventual winners!

A selection of either Pizza or Fish & Chips rounded off the day, with a few more adventurous colleagues heading out to bond over some light beverages.

Abersoch Triathlon complete!

Congratulations to both Britplas Group MD John and P&C Projects Director Chris who completed the Abersoch Sprint Triathlon at the weekend! John completed the three-part race in 1hr38, with Chris finishing in 2hr11.

Over £2,000 has been raised for Britplas’ charity of choice, Warrington Youth Zone, an amount which will be matched by the company bringing the total to just over £4,000 – fantastic effort guys and thanks to everyone who supported this cause!

Every penny raised will go directly towards ensuring thousands of young people from across Warrington are given the opportunities needed to live healthier, happier, more aspirational lives.

Directors take on the Abersoch Triathlon

On 29th June Group MD John Blackwell and P&C Projects MD Chris Fletcher will be taking on the Abersoch Triathlon Sprint to raise funds for Warrington Youth Club. The race, which has been fully subscribed for the last 4 years, consists of a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run around the scenic Abersoch beach in North Wales. Chris is returning for the second time this year whilst the race will be John’s first foray into triathlons!

As a founder patron of OnSide Warrington Youth Club, Britplas has been supporting the charity since 2017 with various fundraising events and initiatives. The club is currently raising funds to create a new purpose-built Youth Zone at Winwick Street, Warrington which will provide them with a permanent base from which they can continue to provide excellent social and educational opportunities for children and young people from across Warrington every day of the year.

The Youth Zone will offer thousands of members access to indoor climbing, dance, music, media, sports, gym, cookery, enterprise, employability, health & wellbeing and much more – 7 days a week for only 50p per visit.

Every penny raised will go directly towards ensuring thousands of young people from across Warrington are given the opportunities needed to live healthier, happier, more aspirational lives.

For more information and to donate please visit:

httpss://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=AbersochTriathlonSprintforWYC

3 Peaks raises £4k for Warrington Youth Zone

After months of planning and practice walks, a group of 11 intrepid Britplas staff have completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, raising an impressive £4,000 for OnSide Warrington Youth Club in the process.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The challenging route is 24 miles (38.6km), and includes 1,585m (5,200ft) of ascent.

An early start in the Yorkshire Dales saw the team set off at 6am and quickly conquer the first peak within 2 hours, with some of the group now realising what they had let themselves in for. A hard 12 mile slog saw them get to the second peak which was quickly followed by a steep third and the last 5 miles into Horton in Ribblesdale for a well-deserved drink. All team members finished within 11 hours 15 minutes, well within the 12 hour target.

As a founder patron of the new Warrington Youth Zone, Britplas has made a formal commitment to support the local charity over a four year period. The team have undertaken various fundraising initiatives, with the Yorkshire 3 Peaks sponsorship money allocated to help maintain WYC’s Buddy Up system, supporting disabled children in the Warrington area.

A big thank you to all those who donated!

Britplas take on the Yorkshire 3 Peak challenge

In the latest adventure with Warrington Youth Zone (WYZ) a team of 9 intrepid explorers from Britplas will be aiming to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge in less than 12 hours.

Money raised will go towards WYZs Buddy up system. Buddy Up is a befriending service for disabled young people, they train young people from mainstream education to become buddies and then match them with disabled young people who need support in a number of areas of their lives.

The programme, which was developed in 2009, has supported over 500 disabled young people from across Warrington, by providing them with a volunteer Buddy. The Buddy supports the disabled young person with a range of issues including becoming more confident with using public transport, handling money or developing friends.

The three peaks challenge takes in the top of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire dales as part of a 24.5 mile route which ascends/ descends 1600 metres.

If you’d like to donate then please click here.

Tour d’Italia complete!

Late last night the intrepid 5 completed the 532 mile, 5 day challenge finally finishing on time in Sorrento, Italy.

They had to overcome landslides taking the road away, the searing Italian heat and several punctures – but still managed to complete the challenge late on day 5. The last day also proved to be the toughest with over 6,000 ft. climbed as they summited the spine of the Italian peninsula.

The ride was in aid of Warrington Youth Zone, raising money to mentor the children of drug or alcohol dependent parents, giving them a break from stressful home situations. The total money raised now stand at £3,200 with hundreds more yet to be collected from forms handed out in the local area, watch this space!

The team’s Virgin Money Giving page can be accessed here httpss://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Britplas2018

We’re all immensely proud of what the lads have achieved; all 4 riders and the support driver are now enjoying a well-deserved holiday on the Amalfi Coast.

Follow the fly throughs of each leg below!

Check out Leg 1 Venice to Rimini 120 miles on Relive! httpss://www.relive.cc/view/1469626362

Check out Leg 2 Rimini to Porto Sanpedo on Relive! httpss://www.relive.cc/view/1471556096

Check out Leg 3 Porto Sanpedo to Vasto Marina on Relive! httpss://www.relive.cc/view/1473074171

Check out Leg 4 Vasto to Campbosa (Strava lost GPS👎) on Relive! httpss://www.relive.cc/view/1474630349

Check out Leg 5 Campobasso to Sorrento on Relive! httpss://www.relive.cc/view/1476782343

Britplas pedallers take on the “Tour d’Italia” for Warrington Youth Zone

Two staff members from Warrington-based glazing specialist Britplas along with three of their friends are undertaking a mammoth cycling challenge next month to raise funds for Warrington Youth Club’s new Youth Zone.

Britplas employees Martin Finnegan and Terry Reid will be leaving the UK on the 23rd of March to complete a 532 mile bike ride across Italy over 5 days. They aim to raise a total of £5,000 in sponsorship for the new Warrington Youth Zone, of which Britplas is a founder patron.

Lyndsay Darlison from Warrington Youth Zone commented, “We’re thrilled to have such amazing support from the team at Britplas, they are Warrington people working for a Warrington company, raising money to give young people in Warrington a brighter future. With the support of local businesses like Britplas we really can make a difference and ensure young people will always have somewhere to go, something to do, and somebody to talk to”

Warrington Youth Club is currently raising funds to create a new purpose built Youth Zone at Winwick Street, Warrington, which will provide them with a permanent base from which they can continue to provide excellent social and educational opportunities for children and young people from across Warrington.

Martin Finnegan, Britplas’ Special Projects Manager, had this to say: “All the riders are from Warrington and know how much a centre like this would mean to the community. We’ve done a few similar rides like this before, including one across Spain and Portugal in 2016, and we’re delighted to do something similar for this cause.”

The “Tour d’Italia” bike challenge will see the team complete 11,500 feet of climbing over the gruelling 5 day ride. Terry and Martin will be starting in Venice, working their way down the Italian Adriatic coastline before cutting across and finishing on the Amalfi Coast for a well deserved holiday.

The team’s Virgin Money Giving page can be accessed here httpss://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Britplas2018