£130,000 raised in the Big Barratt Hike

Over the weekend of 2-4 September 2022, Barratt Developments teamed up with charity partner, Outward Bound Trust, to host the Big Barratt Hike, a walking challenge across three different routes in the Lake District: a 20 mile hike, 12.5 mile hike, and a 6.5 mile walk with a 4.5 mile row.

The event included a welcome dinner on the Friday, with an introduction from Nick Barratt, Outward Bound Chief Executive, and Steve Taylor, the Head of the Centre. On the Saturday morning, each of the teams set off on their chosen route in groups with an Outward Bound instructor. That evening, to celebrate their achievements, there was a speech from Steven Boyes, Chief Operating Officer, Barratt Developments, who announced the fundraising totals. Teams also heard a first-hand account from an Outward Bound Young Person, Kirra, on how the work they do positively impacted her, and improved her day-to-day life.

Over 75 employees took part across the business, and each team was tasked to raise as much money as possible to support Outward Bound Trust and Magic Breakfast, the charity that won the employee vote in The Barratt Foundation vote in January. We are proud to have raised over £32,000 in employee fundraising for the event, which was matched by The Barratt Foundation, in addition to a further £70,000 donation from Barratt Developments. A total of £130,000 has been raised through the event, which was equally split between the Outward Bound Trust and Magic Breakfast.

The money raised for Outward Bound will fund the national youth charity to continue its work making positive changes in young people’s lives through learning and adventures outdoors. They partner with schools, colleges, employers and youth groups to teach the most important lesson of believing in themselves. Over 80% of attendees receive funding to come on courses. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Outward Bound Trust were increasingly concerned by the growing number of risks to young people’s life chances; from declining wellbeing and poor mental health, to poor preparation for the workplace.

The funds for the Magic Breakfast will help their work with over 1000 Primary, Secondary and Special Education Needs schools to offer breakfasts to over 200,000 children each school day. Magic Breakfast ensure that no child in their partner schools is too hungry to learn by providing healthy breakfast food and expert support to help identify and reach those pupils at risk of hunger. Before the coronavirus pandemic, 1.7 million children in the UK were living with food insecurity, at risk of hunger in the morning. Between March-August 2020, the Food Foundation reported that 2.3 million children were living in households that had experienced food insecurity.