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Chesterfield firm to take on sporting challenges in fundraiser for youth charity.

Chesterfield Champion Baker Mallett has been announced as a Silver Partner for The Starting Blocks Challenge, a fundraising initiative created by UK youth sports charity, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

The campaign encourages participants to celebrate the moments that shaped them, by revisiting places, people or moments in a sporting way. Over the next 12 months, #TeamBM will be going back to their own individual starting blocks whilst raising funds to support DKHT in providing life changing opportunities for 11-25 year olds, facing disadvantage across the United Kingdom.

Staff team ambassadors at the company will take on challenges such as running, cycling and walking and will be inviting industry colleagues to join in, take part and #gobacktogiveback. Staff will also be completing motivational, performance and resilience workshops, delivered by elite athletes also supporting the scheme.

Baker Mallet’s involvement in the Starting Blocks Challenge aims to contribute to the first objective in the firm’s social value agenda – “Health & Wellbeing for our Clients, our Staff and the Local Communities in which we work by promoting physical activity, supporting the mental health agenda and helping vulnerable people”.

Baker Mallett Chairman, Neil Griffiths, said of the partnership: “We are incredibly proud and humbled to be invited to support such an important initiative. The last 18 months have been particularly difficult for young people and so we must act now by providing money and the right support and resources through Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to make a difference in as many individual young lives as possible.”

The challenge has had a successful start, with Baker Mallet’s Jon Mcallister raising £400 after completing the first in a series of challenges, cycling from Wigan to Manchester and back again.

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust delivers transformational programmes designed to improve wellbeing, help build healthy relationships and unlock the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve in education, work and life. Over the next ten years their goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of 10,000 young people across the UK.

Baker Mallet supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 190 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.