Ginger George presented Paradventures with the cheque. Photo courtesy of John Prior
Border and staff from Tesco Lanark have presented a cheque for £7,013 to local charity Paradventures after completing the Speyside Way challenge in March.
Store manager Richard Mcallister and his friend, Robert Paton, walked 80 miles from Buckie to Aviemore and were joined on the last day by staff from the Lanark store as well as a team from Border and Paradventures.
The group completed the last day alongside Poppy McKenzie and her family, with a bespoke all-terrain wheelchair.
Staff from both businesses worked tirelessly to raise sponsorship money for the project, with Border also making a generous donation and Tesco topping up the total raised by 20%.
Paradventures assists and enables disabled adults and children to access and experience the outdoors environment and participate in a wide range of activities. These include adventure holidays, outings and outdoor learning days in a variety of outdoor environments including forests, hills and mountains.
Despite completing the walk two months ago, money is still coming in to support the cause and the total now believed to be close to £8,173 with the funds going towards enabling youngsters in the community to take part in outdoor adventures and making new projects possible for the charity.
Lesley Ann Gray, Brand and Innovation Director at Border, said: “We are proud to make a difference in the local community and being able to work alongside Tesco to help Paradventures has been a very rewarding experience.”
Richard Mcallister, Tesco Lanark Store Manager, added: “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the team with this event. I am delighted with sum that has been raised, which is nearly double what was raised from our walk last year. I am very grateful to all our customers who have been so generous.
“Paradventures is a very deserving local charity and I’m happy to know that youngsters in our community will benefit from this money.
“Tesco and Border are the two largest employers in Lanark and I’m happy that we could work together on this event to benefit our community.”
Gordon McGregor, Founder of Paradventures, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the fantastic effort that everybody has put in.
“Without this level of support, the adventures that we provide for youngsters with disabilities and severe and complex needs would not be possible.
“A massive thank you to everyone – it really is so much appreciated.”