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SDC commemorates 50th anniversary with a year of fundraising events.

Chartered Building Company SDC will be celebrating 50 years in business in September 2022.

To celebrate this milestone and mark the occasion, the Bedfordshire-based main contractor will hold a series of 11 events throughout its 50th year to raise £110,000 for local charities and community groups. The events kick off this September with a 10k race and fun run.

As well as sponsoring charities through individual events, SDC is also proposing to support the Bedford Foodbank throughout the year.

After donating a van, SDC employees have continued to provide food donations for collection each month. Further collections will be carried out at each of the events to provide the ongoing support the charity needs.

“Each event will support a charity nominated by our staff, with a minimum donation of £10,000 going directly to the given charity.”

Adam Knaggs, SDC

SDC began life in 1972 but in 2004 it became a group of companies operating under the umbrella of an employee benefit trust (EBT) – the first of its kind in the British construction industry.

This means instead of being owned by shareholders, the future of the company is protected by a Board of Trustees which is responsible for safeguarding the long-term prosperity of SDC and sharing any profit among members of staff and the wider community.

Adam Knaggs, deputy managing director and past chair of the CIOB’s Cambridge Hub, says it is the intention for participants at the year’s events to include as many of the company’s staff, clients and suppliers as possible.

“Each event will also support a charity nominated by our staff, with a minimum donation of £10,000 going directly to the given charity,” he said.

The 10km race and fun run will be held at Bedford Aerodrome on 26 September. The charity nominated for this event is Team Bex, a local running group which raises money for Bowel Cancer UK, in the memory of Rebecca ‘Bex’ Griffiths.

Other events include a poppy assault, football tournament, quiz evening, auction evening, go-karting, sponsored walk, cycle ride, family day, water sports and a golf day.

To find out more, visit the dedicated events website at

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