Giving back is a key part of our ethos here at Clear Architects, and as a conscientious business, we are very proud of our commitment to supporting charities, both locally and nationally.
Whilst our fundraising capacity has been very limited throughout the pandemic, we have continued to support our local Epping Forest Food Bank, to provide for the community and those in need. Previously, in 2018, the team abseiled the ArcelorMittal Orbit at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to raise funds for the food bank.
On a more national scale, in September 2017, the team completed the full Tough Mudder challenge to raise money for the Candlelighters Trust. Over £1,000 was raised for this worthy cause, which supports children suffering from cancer.
The year before, we took our giving back abroad – completing a 230km bike ride through Tuscany to raise money for Teens Unite, another charity that supports young people who are battling cancer, raising more than £3,000.
In 2019, Melanie chose to raise money by completing the Snowdon Triple Challenge for the British Heart Foundation (BHF), bringing in just under £1400. Melanie had previously tackled the 100km Night Rider cycling challenge in London in 2018, in memory of her father and raised nearly £2500, and prior to this, she had taken on the Night Walking Marathon in 2016:
“In 2014 I had to give up tennis due to a spinal injury that created a lot of pain. I embarked on personal training to improve my strength and decided to take up a yearly challenge to help those less fortunate than myself.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK, but sadly every day 100s of people lose their lives. It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures.” Melanie Clear
We will be making up for lost time by taking on many more challenges like these and raising more money as soon as we can – watch this space!