Some of our London team recently took part in Vertical Rush, a race up the 932 steps of Tower 42 in London, to raise money for Shelter who campaign to end homelessness across the UK. We spoke to Justin Ayling, Head of Practice in our London team to find out more about the challenge and his team at Rullion.
Tell us about yourself and your role at Rullion.
I'm the Head of Practice for the Rail division at Rullion and I'm based in our London office. I manage a team of specialist consultants who place candidates across the Rail sector.
I enjoy the autonomy of my role and I feel I've been able to offer a positive approach to strategy across the business. I have a great team here in London who go above and beyond for both clients and candidates.
One of the best things about Rullion is the work-life balance, including their support for charitable endeavors.
Why have you decided to take part in this initiative?
I believe companies have a real responsibility to invest in Corporate Social Responsibility and Rullion is an employer that encourages its employees to undertake community projects and initiatives.
As a team, we collectively chose Shelter as a charity we would like to support. We recognised there's been a rise in the number of homeless people across central London, and seeing people sleeping on the streets, we wanted to help find a solution to this.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services. They're campaigning to make sure that, one day, nobody will have to turn to them for help.
How is this initiative having a positive impact on others?
We were able to raise both the profile of Shelter and the issue of homelessness - which extends to further across society than you'd think.
The Vertical Rush Challenge is Shelter’s flagship fundraising event that raises awareness of the 128,000 homeless children across Britain and it's also the UK’s original and most popular tower-running challenge,
The challenge involved racing up the 932 steps of Tower 42, one of London's tallest buildings, with a total of 132 teams participating (1,000 runners).
Our five volunteers successfully completed the challenge in under 12 minutes and successfully raised over £880 for Shelter.
What are you doing next?
We are looking to support and raise money for the mental health charity Mind. This will involve walking the Circle Line (roughly 15 miles) with an event named Mind the Gap, to raise money and awareness of mental health issues.
With mental health problems impacting more and more people, Mind is doing great work to ensure that those who are suffering from mental health issues are supported.