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Better Barnsley Team Get Dirty for Charity

Henry Boot Construction is supporting local arts charity, The Civic, by taking on one of the UK’s toughest challenges.

Its project team in Barnsley are in training to complete a 12km endurance run for charity on Saturday June 24th. The ‘Total Warrior’ challenge is one of the UK’s toughest and muddiest obstacle courses taking place at Bramham Park in Leeds, consisting of 30 obstacles, 100 tonnes of mud and ten tonnes of ice.

The construction company has delivered key projects for Better Barnsley, including Market Parade, Market Gate Car Park and May Day Green Market. Works are also underway on the New Library and Metropolitan Centre redevelopment.

The Civic, operated by an independent arts charity, is not part of Better Barnsley’s redevelopment. The much loved Grade II listed building has been part of the town since 1877.

Tony Shaw, Henry Boot Construction Operations Director, said: “We’ve done a lot of work for Better Barnsley, but The Civic is an independent arts charity and needs support if it’s to achieve its ambitious redevelopment plans. Part of our ethos is putting something back into local communities. We use the latest construction techniques, but we have traditional values, investing in our people and in the places we work in, so we’re really proud to be supporting such an iconic Barnsley building and community asset.”

The Civic reopened in 2009 with a third of the building unfinished and unused. Substantial investment had been made before giving it over in Trust to the charity, Barnsley Civic Enterprise Ltd, and with the recession in full force it had to adapt and make the venue work in its current form.

This year, the charity launched a £5m fundraising campaign to re-open 22,000 square feet, with a new theatre, café, and extended gallery, to create a wow-factor – and a world-class destination for the arts by 2023.

The project will enable the people of Barnsley to access and enjoy the venue to the fullest by opening up the core of the building, as well as providing Barnsley with cultural, learning and self-improvement opportunities.

Sir Michael Parkinson has also backed The Civic’s high profile appeal, he said: “Barnsley can be proud of the contribution it has made to the world of literature, theatre, radio, television, music and sport.  That is why this campaign is important and why I am proud to be a Patron of The Civic.”

Helen Ball, Chief Executive of The Civic said, “We need lots of support to make our plans a reality. We are so pleased that Henry Boot Construction, one of our business champions, are pledging their support and taking on such a fantastic challenge. Good Luck to everyone taking part and thank you!”

Helen continued: “You don’t have to get drenched in mud to support The Civic.  We’re really keen to hear from Barnsley businesses who want to back the campaign and become a business champion.” 

The team at Henry Boot Construction aims to raise £5,000 for The Civic.

To find out more on how to become a business champion and ideas on how to fundraise for the appeal go to