THEY starred in a charity music video viewed more than 40,000 times and now Kingswood Homes colleagues Liam Reilly and Luke Kenyon are preparing to take another bold step to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.
It’s the latest challenge being taken on by the Kingswood team as part of a year of fundraising in aid of Derian with the aim of raising £300,000.
The grand finale of the fundraising will be a sell-out gala ball taking place at Hoghton Tower on September 17 at which the winner of the Great Big House Giveaway will be announced.
On August 20, just weeks ahead of the ball, Liam and Luke will take part in a sponsored skydive from up to 15,000ft.
Together Liam and Luke are overseeing construction of the property up for grabs in the Great Big House Giveaway – a three-bedroom detached Byre 3 at Green Hills.
Liam rewrote the Madness classic Our House, took on lead vocals and had a starring role in a music video to promote the charity prize draw. The video, filmed on site at Green Hills the day NHBC inspectors visited as part of judging for the Pride in the Job Quality awards, has now been watched more than 40,000 times across various platforms.
Pride in the Job Quality award winner Liam, 39, from Southport, said: “I’ve never skydived before but always wanted to. Derian is such a good charity to support and while our family and colleagues aren’t eligible to buy tickets for the Great Big House Giveaway, they can sponsor us to Dive for Derian.”
Assistant site manager Luke, 27, from Great Harwood, added: “Skydiving is something on a lot of people’s bucket lists including mine and thought I could easily raise £450 and I have already with time to spare. I’m fine with heights normally and don’t mind flying but when the doors of the plane open and I’m sitting on the edge ready to jump it might be different.”
Kingswood sales director Lesley Myers said: “The whole team have really embraced Derian House as our charity of the year. From singing and starring in a music video, to skydiving, we’re starting to wonder if there’s anything they won’t do for Derian! We’re even planning a vote on our social media channels to see what we can challenge them to do next.”
Bundles of tickets for the Great Big House Giveaway are available from £5 with a chance to win a house worth £250,0000. For tickets and a chance to win see https://derianhouse.charityprizedraws.co.uk.
To sponsor Luke go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/luke-kenyon or to support Liam see https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liam-reilly5.