Demolition Challenge – a great success

Just before Christmas Downwell we set a demolition challenge to a group of young people at the Docklands Settlement Centre in Stratford.

The Demolition Challenge

The Docklands Settlement took part in the Demolition Challenge. They are a charity providing various services to the local community in Londons East End. These include providing an after school club and washing facilities for the homeless. They also run a shelter for the homeless over the Christmas period.

Downwell has produced a game aimed at educating young people about the demolition industry and its role in recycling. We call it the ‘Demolition Challenge’. It involves using radio-controlled models demolishing a structure and taking the resultant materials to a recycling centre.

We approached ‘Ben North’ Operations Manager from the charity to see his young people were up for a challenge. They jumped at the chance, and we were happy to go along and set the challenge. The young people were from the age of 7 upwards.

There was also an incentive of two radio-controlled models as prizes. These were excavators branded up with the Downwell Logo.

Wearing Downwell high vis vests the young people had the time of their lives taking part.

Everyone was a winner with every young person taking part in receiving a Christmas chocolate selection pack.

We received a lovely letter from Lorraine OBE, CEO of the Dockland Settlements thanking us for taking our ‘Demolition Challenge’ to their centre.

Downwell would be happy to let Schools and Charities participate in the challenge. For more information contact

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The kids from our after school provisions in both Stratford and at our centre in the Isle of Dogs loved it

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