Local construction consultancy helps school children get active

Staff from Gleeds have donated 156 hours of their time in a bid to help encourage the pupils at Strathblane Primary School in Blanefield to get active.

A team of 21 consultants from the business’ Glasgow office lent a hand clearing overgrown land and creating a circuit around the playing fields so that the children can complete their ‘Daily Mile’ - an initiative designed to inspire children to walk, jog or run a mile every day in order to improve their fitness levels and combat childhood obesity. The team also helped restore a wildlife garden on the school grounds.

Anne Spencer, Deputy Head at Strathblane Primary School and Nursery Class, said: “I want to thank Gleeds for all of their hard work in clearing the space. I have seen children of all ages playing in the wildlife garden - their work has opened up a whole new area for our children to explore. It was also great to see children choosing to run round the track during break time, something that did not happen before.”

The volunteering day was one in a series of events held as part of the ‘Gleeds Global Challenge’, where employees from the company’s 59 international offices take part in fundraising, volunteering and staff wellbeing activities in an effort to build better communities.

Gleeds Director for Scotland, Alan Dickson, said: “The idea behind the Global Challenge is to give something back to the communities we work in around the world. Here in the Glasgow office, we wanted our volunteering efforts to help younger generations enjoy keeping fit and healthy.”

To find out more about the Gleeds Global Challenge visit www.gleeds.com/NewsMedia