Construction Youth Trust Work Recognised At Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust Awards

14th November 2019
David Gurton

Working across a multitude of the various property sectors, Caxtons Chartered Surveyors, a firm born and based in Kent, is acutely aware of the problems that many in local society are faced with, and know that much of that disadvantage is not self-made.

For over 25 years, Caxtons has been acting for the 1.Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust and, when approached by them to sponsor a category at their 2019 Charity Awards saw an ideal opportunity to support the Trust’s laudable objectives and address their own concerns.

A glittering Awards dinner was held at Shakespeare’s Underglobe on London’s South Bank on 7th November, at which Kent’s outstanding charities and community group award winners were announced and their work celebrated.

The Awards encompassed seven categories and Caxtons sponsored:

  • Focus on Kent for the best use of a grant by a national organisation that has extended its reach into Kent, sharing learning from other areas and making an impact in the county.

The category winner was 2.Construction Youth Trust, a charity whose aim is to inspire and enable young people to overcome barriers and discover a career in the construction and built environment sector.

The two other finalists were:

  • School-Home Support (SHS) – which gets children back into school and ready to learn
  • Young Women’s Trust – a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women

Neil Chatterton, Managing Director of Caxtons said it was a privilege to sponsor the award, in Colyer-Fergusson’s own words – an opportunity to thank organisations that the Trust has funded over the last five years and show them how much we appreciate what they do.

“At Caxtons we like to support local charitable endeavours but this is particularly close to our hearts.

“A worthy winner, Construction Youth Trust assists and enables the very lifeblood of our industry. The property sector encompasses many and diverse fields – from land, architecture, construction, surveying, sales, lettings and managing – and is a vital part of the built environment and our day to day existence.

“A charity that helps young people to achieve goals and reach their full potential in our industry has to be applauded.”

Construction Youth Trust has established a hub at Ebbsfleet in Kent where it is building long term relationships with schools, organisations and employers in order to address local issues of low skills and youth unemployment. In addition, it challenges the misconceptions about the career opportunities available in the construction and built environment sectors.

The event was hosted by celebrity the 3.Reverend Richard Coles, vicar of St Mary The Virgin, Finedon in Northamptonshire, broadcaster and celebrity.

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