MD Embarks on Charity Walk

13th September, 2010

MD Embarks on Charity Walk: Five Cathedrals & Minsters in Five Days

Dr Jonathan Castleman DSc, managing director of Norman & Underwood, the oldest architectural metal roofing and glazing company in the country, has set himself an ambitious challenge to walk 185km to and from five Cathedrals and Minsters in just five days, in a bid to raise £5,000 for charity.

The 185km route has been calculated to enable Jonathan to travel 1km for each of the 185 years that the Leicester-based company has been in business.

Dr Jonathan Castleman DSc, the seventh generation of the family to run Norman & Underwood, sets off on the walk on 13th September as part of The Thomas May Executive Quest, a unique charity challenge for 50 top leaders of companies and organisations in Leicestershire. The Quest is in support of two Leicestershire charities, LOROS Leicestershire & Rutland Hospice and PROSTaid’s Prostrate Cancer Palliative Care nurse working across the county to support men who are sadly at the end of their treatment journey.

Commenting on the walk, Dr Jonathan Castleman DSc says: “Since 1825, our craftsmen have helped to restore many cathedrals and churches across the UK, so we thought it would be a great way of celebrating our 185th year while helping two very deserving local charities.

“I’ll be starting the Walk at Southwell Minster on the Monday and finishing at Leicester Cathedral on the Friday, stopping at Lincoln Cathedral, Howden Minster, Beverley Minster, York Minster and Coventry Cathedral as part of my five famous landmarks tour.  Upon arrival at each Cathedral or Minster, I will present the Dean and Chapter with a voucher which allows them a day’s free labour from Norman & Underwood to carry out some maintenance work of their choice, such as cleaning the gutter or outlets on the roofs.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation or sponsor Dr Jonathan Castleman DSc can do so online at  Alternatively, they can contact him on 0116 231 8000 or by e-mail:

Since 1825, Norman & Underwood’s craftsmen have helped to restore cathedrals, palaces, historic houses and public buildings both internationally and across the UK, and have worked on some of the most exciting designs in modern architecture.

Major contracts undertaken by Norman & Underwood over the years include the covering of the famous Golden Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Bermuda Cathedral, The British Embassy in Moscow and Korea, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.

Underpinned by vast experience in heritage and restoration combined with a commitment to innovative architectural solutions, the company continues to work closely with leading developers, architects and builders on major projects where specialist installation is required.