At the end of 2017, a rugby-inspired event organised by BESA Cymru (Building and Engineering Services Association) raised £3137.70.

Funds raised will go to The Wallich’s learning and development programmes, such as the Building Opportunities Skills and Success (BOSS) project. BESA Cymru members flocked to the SSE SWALEC Legends Lounge in November, for a lunch reception. The event, which took place during the Autumn international rugby series, included a charity raffle and an auction.

Attendees were treated to guest speaker, rugby legend formerly of Llanelli RFC, Wales and the British and Irish Lions, Phil Bennett.

Auction items included a George North signed ball and training top, sold for £130, and a signed and framed photo montage of Bennett in his Lions, Llanelli and Wales kit, sold for £200.

The event was sponsored by Wolseley UK, Acorn Recruitment and Milwaukee Tools, as well as organisers BESA Cymru.

The Wallich is currently working with BESA Cymru and its members to develop employment opportunities for residents.

Jan Balsdon, Director of Fundraising, The Wallich said:

“We are ecstatic about the growing relationship we’re forming with BESA Cymru. Not only have they raised a fantastic amount of money, but the opportunities to get our clients back into work is invaluable.

“Many of the people we support have incredible skills and talents to share. Employment is the sustainable route out of homelessness and we are working very closely with the construction industry to create opportunities that have a positive and lasting impact for people who have experienced homelessness.”

The £3137.70 raised for The Wallich, will help to enhance our employment programmes; getting more people who face barriers into employment, offering a bright future.

Find out more about The Wallich’s Building Opportunities Skills and Success (BOSS) programme, which gets ex-offenders and those who have experienced homelessness back into work.

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