Combining innovation and compassion, a project team at Laing O’Rourke, a multinational construction company, has raised an amazing £4,040 (including gift aid) for DMSF, exceeding their original target of £3,000.

Members of the Laing O’Rourke team organised a sponsored walk, from Olympics to Olympia, in aid of DMSF – as part of their on-going commitment to raise money for good causes.

The walk, which started just after 7am on 8 December 2020 at the Olympic Park and finished just after 6.30pm at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, visited 27 past and present Laing O’Rourke development projects in and around London, including the incredible new structure at the London College of Fashion.

The walk took 11.5hrs and the team walked an impressive 50km (31-miles), absolutely smashing their original target of 26-miles.

Co-Founder and DMSF CEO, Diane Modahl, said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen as Laing O’Rourke’s benefiting charity on this occasion, and extremely grateful for their support; what they have achieved on our behalf is a world class performance – nothing short of amazing. 

“We rely on building strong partnerships with like-minded organisations who want to make a positive impact on the community, and these funds will allow us to continue to deliver essential programmes to young people, including training our young DMSF Sports Leaders to become ‘Mental Health Mentors’ within their schools, and delivering Mental Health and Wellbeing CPD training to our staff.”

As well as this being a great opportunity to take a walking-tour through the history of the company, and see some of the amazing projects we’ve brought to life, we get to support this special charity and help raise vital funds to support young people in the most deprived areas in the North West.

Ian Seabrook

HSE Manager, Laing O'Rourke

Starting point: Olympic Park, 7am

Main image: The end. 6.30pm (ish) finish at the Great Olympia Hall
Images (first row, L to R): London College of Fashion, Canary Wharf
(second row, L to R): Cannon Street, One Bishopsgate; Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital
(third row, L to R): Blackfriars Tideway, Soho Place, Farringdon Crossrail