Caring staff at Bristol-based construction firm Beard have handed over a £3,600 cheque to BRACE. The money comes as part of a company-wide fundraising drive which raised £125,000 for regional charities in celebration of the firm’s 125th business anniversary last year.

Staff at Beard’s Bristol office raised the money for BRACE through a variety of fundraising activities in 2017, ranging from taking part in the Royal Marines’ 10k Courage Commando Challenge to holding bake sales and ‘dress down’ days at work.

Mike Hedges, Beard’s Bristol director, says: “I am extremely proud of our whole Bristol team which has come together to raise money for such an important local charity. BRACE does excellent work raising funds to further research into a disease which affects 850,000 people in the UK, a figure which is set to rise to one million by 2025 and two million by 2051*. We are delighted to be able to support them with this donation.”

Money raised by staff was matched by The Beard Charitable Foundation. The Foundation was set up in 2016 by the Beard family and provides funding support to Beard employees in their charitable and community pursuits across the South of England. It also makes grants of around £20,000 annually, as well as strategic donations to local charities for projects promoting construction industry careers.

Mark Poarch, chief executive of BRACE says: “It has been great for BRACE to have the enthusiastic support of one of the region's most prestigious construction firms. Having heard first hand from them about their exploits, it is clear that they have been particularly energetic in their fundraising style, and they have done a grand job for us and the other charities they chose. The money they have raised for us will make a difference very soon, as our Trustees have several research applications to consider in May, any one of which could change the future for millions of people.”