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Against All Odds

Codestone raised over £5,000 for the Youth Adventure Trust this month when two teams took on a limit-defying challenge: a 22km hike up Mount Snowdon to see the views at dawn - and down again, a 48km bike ride in torrential rain and a 2km paddle across a lake. It was no mean feat.

The 2019 Hike Bike Paddle Challenge is an annual event organised by the Youth Adventure Trust, a charity that is committed to inspiring young people to achieve what they never thought was possible.

Each year, 120 young people join the 3 school year programme. Looking to expand geographically into Somerset and potentially other areas too, Youth Adventure Trust works with businesses to raise the funds. This is where Codestone comes in.

Codestone’s company values and culture - inspire, achieve, transform - resonate deeply with the goals of the Youth Adventure Trust. The ‘Hike Bike Paddle’ Challenge is designed to take sponsored teams on a similar journey of emotions to those experienced by the young people on their outdoor programme: endurance, resilience - and ultimately the satisfaction of achievement. For Codestone, it provides an opportunity for colleagues to have a different kind of conversation; to see each other in a new light, understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses and learn what makes the team tick.

Louise Balaam, Director of Fundraising at the Youth Adventure Trust explains what the funds raised by Codestone mean for the Trust:

“We receive no Government funding and rely entirely on the individuals, companies, grant makers and community organisations to fund our activities. A place on our programme, which runs over 3 school years, and is completely free to the young people, costs us £3,600.

Codestone has raised over £5000 with Gift Aid, which is amazing. All the money goes into the programme. Codestone’s fundraising will cover the cost of one 3-year programme at £3,600 and the cost of a mountain camp for an additional young person. Alternatively, it could also pay for 15 young people to go on their second residential: Coastal Camp in Swanage.”

The Codestone teams have had a unique chance to experience what the programme does and an opportunity to help more young people be inspired, achieve their full potential and possibly transform a life.

“Thank you to the Youth Adventure Trust and all those who sponsored our teams. It was one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences ever. “

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