Godiva provides platform for Guinness World Record success


Coventry-based, Godiva Access and Scaffolding has supported a successful Guinness World Record attempt by Warwick University students for building the world’s largest blanket fort.

The scaffolding specialist, which is also currently responsible for providing scaffolding solutions to Coventry’s tallest new build, provided the framework on which the blanket fort was based at cost to allow a considerable amount of the funds raised to go to charity. The record attempt, organised by a team of volunteers studying at the university, aimed to raise money for Leamington Winter Shelter (LWS). The LWS was set up by Warwick University students in order to provide shelter to homeless people during the harsh winter conditions but is now open all year round, offering accommodation to up to 40 people per night.

250 volunteers worked on the shelter which covered the entire Oculus field on the university campus.  The final shelter was covered with more than 200 blankets and stood 30.4m x 14.53m x 2m high. Godiva provided 7,000kg of scaffolding which was erected in just one day by four members of the Godiva team.

With Godiva’s support, the record raised £6,000 for the shelter with the funds going towards building a new permanent premises when the current residence gets converted into student flats.

Karl Degroot, managing director at Godiva Access and Scaffolding, said: “We pride ourselves on being an integral member of our local community and already have strong ties with Warwick University having been recently appointed to its approved supply chain. We jumped at the chance to support this record attempt and help raise money for such a worthy cause and we’re delighted the record attempt was successful and generated such a significant amount of money.”