Building society staff from Huddersfield are taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge for charity.

Four colleagues from Yorkshire Building Society’s branch in New Street are raising money for the society’s charity partner FareShare.

The four are: Alastair Townsley, branch manager; Steven Jaques, customer consultant; Jessica Le-Billon, customer consultant; and Tia Alexis, customer consultant.

The famous Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge takes in Pen Y Ghent as well as Ingleborough and Whernside over 26 miles.

The group will tackle the challenge on Friday June 14 and hope to raise over £1,000 for FareShare, the UK’s largest charity tackling the environmental problem of food waste for social good.

The money raised will help to fund Building Skills for the Future programmes in seven of FareShare’s regional centres, including London, Bristol, Merseyside, Milton Keynes, Yorkshire, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

The employability programmes will offer coaching, support, practical workshops and work experience to help enable participants to secure full-time employment.

In addition, the partnership will fund an outreach programme offering free, face-to-face sessions and workshops helping participants overcome financial hardship by supporting the building of important skills such as CV writing, job searching and improving financial wellbeing.

It is hoped that the two programmes will help 2,500 people improve their employability and help them become more financially resilient.

Jessica Le-Billon, community champion at the Huddersfield branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “We feel very honoured to be doing this challenge in aid of FareShare – fighting hunger and tackling food waste.”

Polly Bianchi, director of fundraising at FareShare, said: “We are hugely grateful to all the Yorkshire Building Society colleagues who are putting their best foot forward to take on this challenge in support of FareShare.

“The partnership with Yorkshire Building Society makes a vital contribution to our employability programme and will help thousands of people seek long-term employment in the food industry, as part of our important work to provide a hand up not a hand out.”