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Rhodes Wealth Management's marathon effort for YMCA Derbyshire

Rhodes Wealth Management's marathon effort for YMCA Derbyshire

The world of traders was exchanged for trainers by the team at Rhodes Wealth Management who have run, walked or cycled an astonishing 2,363km in aid of YMCA Derbyshire.

During the summer, the team, based in Brailsford, completed the equivalent distance of 56 marathons as part of YMCA’s 56 for the 56% campaign.

They have so far raised £1,700 and were inspired by a consultation with young people living at YMCA Derbyshire which showed that 56% struggle with their mental health.

YMCA has been striving to provide young people with extra counselling, one-to-one advice sessions, emergency food parcels and fun online activities during the pandemic.

The 56 for the 56% campaign has raised funds for more wellbeing provisions, including access to gyms, five-a-side football evenings, structured work-based programmes with youth workers and equipment for gardening and cooking.

Fundraisers were asked to take the numbers five and six, create a challenge and gain sponsorship for completing it.

Rhodes Wealth Management’s Operations Director, Tristan Gilbody, said: “When YMCA Derbyshire needed help, we were delighted to step in, literally.

“We have a team ethos at Rhodes and it was brilliant to work together to raise funds.

“YMCA is our partner charity for 2021 and we have been offering new clients the option of donating to help vulnerable young people on their behalf.

“They are given the choice of whether the money goes towards a new home pack, a food parcel, health and wellbeing session or clothing for a job interview for one of our young people.

“We completed our 56 for the 56% challenge with a team walk in Willington, Derbyshire which was very enjoyable.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in this challenge and everyone who has shown their support and donated through our fundraising page."

The team has so far raised £1,700 but there is still time to donate online.

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