Nine employees from the Stornoway depot of gas distribution company SGN have jumped on their bikes and cycled around the perimeter of the island to raise vital funds for the company’s charity partner, Barnardo’s.
After setting off from the company’s depot in Sandwick Road, the cyclists returned to the same point some hours later, having travelled 60 miles and taken in many landmarks for which their island is famous, including Lews Castle and the Callanish Stones.
The nine were among 124 SGN employees from across the UK, including 72 from Scotland, who cycled a combined total of 8,200 miles over five days.
In addition to money raised through sponsorship, some sites organised their own activities, including Ice Bucket Challenges, a Name the Barnardo’s Bear competition, raffles, cake sales and other social events to welcome the riders home at the end of each day – all geared towards boosting funds even further.
SGN Team Manager David Henderson was one of those from Stornoway who took part. Asked how he found the ride, he said: “Exhausting! It was very taxing, but at the same time it was good to get out as a team and contribute to such a worthwhile cause. Everyone really enjoyed it and there was so much enthusiasm after the event that our manager is now talking about setting up a depot cycling club.”
John Morea, SGN’s Chief Executive Officer, said he was very proud to see so many colleagues sign up to take part in the challenge. “We chose Barnardo’s as our first ever charity partner earlier this year because as well as allowing us to support the charity, it would also help us reach out to our most vulnerable customers.
“Along with the other fundraising activities, the Cycle Challenge has already raised £15,000 and donations are still coming in. This will go a long way to changing the lives of the many thousands of children and young adults Barnardo’s helps on a daily basis.”
Rebecca Mitchell at Barnardo’s said: “We are committed to working with the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and neglected children in the UK. The staggering amount of money raised through the SGN Cycle Challenge will go directly to helping these children and our sincere thanks go to all who participated in or supported this event.”