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Rob takes on triathlon for apprenticeship charity

Working Wonders supporter Rob Clarke raised over £800 for the charity when he took part in the annual Dam’ard Halifax Triathlon.


Rob, a structural engineer based in Halifax, is married to Louise Clarke, a corporate journalist, who volunteers with Working Wonders and is a member of the charity’s board.


Consisting of a 500m swim, 30k cycle and 8k run, it was Rob’s first triathlon. and he said, “Apart from a minor panic attack in the water it all went fairly well. My time was 2 hrs 23mins. The winner did it in 1 hr 37mins. I came 50th out of 90 which isn’t bad considering I had the heaviest bike and the oldest technical apparel! But I was delighted to be able to help Working Wonders.”


The money raised will go towards helping young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, become ‘fit for work’ by supporting them with  direction and discipline, training and job hunting advice - even helping them get to interviews and providing guidance on personal hygiene.

According to Working Wonders Project Manager, Jayne Spencer, “sometimes all they need is a hug and a chat to give them the confidence and self-esteem to get on the first rung of the ladder”.

Beer festival raises funds for apprentices

Working Wonders increased funds at the Fifth Rastrick Beer Festival which was held at St John’s Church community hall. The organisers selected Working Wonders, along with Parkinsons UK, as their chosen charities.


Visitors were also asked to vote for their favourite beer. In first place was Berry Blond, brewed by Nook Brewhouse, Holmfirth and described in the tasting notes as ‘a rich biscuit pale malt base balanced with citrusy cascade hops and sweet and tangy raspberry flavours’.


Working Wonders Trustee Nigel Cliffe, who runs The Marketing Lab, can vouch for the quality of the beer.

“It’s not every event that there’s the ‘excuse’ to have a beer so this was one not to be missed,” said Nigel. “Visitors enjoyed a convivial atmosphere, helped along by the jolly team behind the bar. The support team were great and all pie and peas sold out by Saturday evening - I know, because I had the last one!  Shame to say I didn't try all the beers, but averaging 5.5 on the beer Richter scale isn't good for common sense.


“Working Wonders was delighted to have been chosen as the charity to which a donation was made. A great event all round. Thank you folks - from the young people of Calderdale, to whom your donation will most certainly go to help.”