National charities are set to benefit from the hard fundraising work of local bus company staff.
A group of drivers, trainers and supervisors with Dundee’s main bus operator Xplore Dundee has just handed over a cheque for £2355 to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. The group – Ann Carty, Gillian Moffat, Colin Wilkinson, Karen Higgins, James Carty Snr, James Carty and David Connacher - raised the money by taking part in a sponsored abseil down the Forth Railway Bridge.
Their total of £1855 was boosted by a generous donation of £500 by the National Express Employee Charity Panel, which hands out money to causes supported by employees across its UK business.
Katie Jones, Fundraising Officer for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland said:
“It has been wonderful to have the intrepid team from Xplore Dundee take part in our annual Forth Rail Bridge Abseil. The event is our flagship which raises a phenomenal amount of money to help ensure people in Scotland have the opportunity to live stronger, longer lives and it is only possible thanks to individuals and teams like Xplore Dundee taking part and raising such incredible amounts.
“On behalf of all those we support at CHSS, we cannot thank the team enough for tackling the iconic descent of the bridge, as we simply could not carry on our vital work in local communities in Scotland if it weren’t for supporters like these amazing guys!”
The panel has also recently supported Travel Shop staff Gillian Scrimgeour, Melanie Leaney and Alison Duthie who completed Dundee’s Race for Life at Camperdown Park with a £150 boost from the Employee Charity Panel to hand over a £500 cheque to Cancer Research.
Melanie has also raised money with a walk across the Tay Road Bridge to say thank you to the Ronald McDonald House in Camberwell, which provided accommodation for a close friend when her son was seriously ill. Including a donation of £100 from the panel, she’s raised more than £200 for this important cause.