Going the extra mile for charity

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MORE than 20 employees and supporters of potato supplier Branston Ltd, put their best foot forward in a 500-mile group charity challenge.

Staff, suppliers and their families walked and cycled in order to trek a total of 500 miles, in a bid to raise thousands for Maggie’s Centre in Dundee.

“I’m so proud of everyone who took part and the money raised so far, plus the remaining sponsorship we have coming in means we have smashed our £3000 target,” said Kevin Imrie, General Manager at Branston in Perthshire. “At Branston, giving back to the community and charity causes is so very important to us as a business and we really value the time and effort put in by our generous team members and their families to support the cause.”

The fundraising challenge saw the group of volunteers give up their Sunday to complete as many laps of the eight-mile-long circular “Rynd Roond” from Bridge of Earn as they could. The distance trekked by each individual was added together and totted up to a total 389 miles travelled on the day adding to the miles previously logged up through lunchtime walking and weekend cycling.

“We are simply delighted with the amount raised and a huge thank you to everyone involved for being a part of such a great event,” said Laura Boyd, centre fundraiser for the charity.

“Maggie’s Dundee welcomes over 13,000 visitors a year and it costs around £2,400 for the centre to be open for one day. This event will go a long way to helping Maggie’s Dundee continue to provide practical, social and emotional support people with cancer and their family and friends.”

To donate, visit Branston’s Just Giving page.