Generous fundraisers at Pegasus Group have reached the £16,000 mark in an incredible team effort of bake offs, keep fit challenges and raffles.

Despite Covid lockdowns and continued restrictions, Pegasus staff proved they were committed to raising as much money as possible for homeless charity Shelter by coming up with some creative initiatives.

Shelter was named Pegasus Charity of the Year in 2000, but when Covid curtailed so many fundraising plans they remained the chosen charity for 2021.

Shelter helps people struggling with bad housing or homelessness and offers advice, support, and legal services but relies on public support to raise funds, volunteer and take part in campaigns to help fix the root causes of the housing crisis.

Jim Tarzey, Pegasus Group CEO, said: “We put a lot of thought into who we select as Charity of the Year, and a lot of effort into our fundraising activities. These were badly affected by Covid in 2020 which was disappointing for everyone, so it seemed only right to continue our efforts for Shelter for another year.

“As such, I’m absolutely delighted to reach £16,000, and thanks must go to our creative and determined staff for coming up with so many wonderful fundraising initiatives.”

A spokesperson for Shelter said: “A huge thank you to everyone at Pegasus for all your fundraising over the last couple of years, which is going to help us support anybody facing a housing emergency.”

Among the activities were a Move-ember in the Newcastle office that saw the team cycle, walk, swim or run the equivalent mileage of travelling to each Pegasus office. They raised £1,110.

In Manchester, Director Graham Lamb successfully challenged himself to run 5k a day for a whole year, raising £2,230.

Across the Group, a number of staff took part in the Shelter 100 sit ups a day, while The Ivy donated a three-course dinner for two people at one of their venues which was raffled off and raised £599.

And throughout the Christmas period, donations were invited on Christmas Jumper Day and many offices held bake offs and bake sales throughout the year.

Jim added: “It is a real testament to everyone here at Pegasus that we have been able to raise such a sizeable sum despite the multiple covid restrictions.”

Pegasus Group’s Charity of the Year 2022 is the Motor Neurone Disease Association.