Danny Mccabe – the store manager at Asda in Bearsden – got on his bike recently to help raise £50,000 for Cash for Kids.
He was one of 22 Asda bosses from the west of Scotland who helped to raise £45,000 in just one weekend when they went to Arran to take part in a series of sponsored cycles, walks and climbs.
Sir Willie Haughey OBE, also made an individual donation of £5,000 to support their efforts, bringing the total amount raised to £50,000 for the Clyde 1 Clyde 2 charity.
Danny said: “We wanted to do something which would challenge us as well as raise money for a good cause, and with Arran being an iconic location in the west of Scotland we decided to take on the challenge of either cycling or hiking round the island.
“The scenery was absolutely spectacular, especially going over the island’s famous mountain Goatfell, and we all had a real sense of achievement when we reached the finish line. A few people have sore feet and legs today but raising over £50,000 for such a good cause has made it all worthwhile.”
Lord McConnell, chairman of the board of trustees of Cash for Kids, said: “This is a tremendous effort and gesture from two of our biggest supporters - Asda and Sir Willie Haughey. The money raised will be used immediately to support projects across the west of Scotland who work and support vulnerable children.
“Fundraising for Cash for Kids throughout the year is vital as our research shows children are at their most vulnerable during the summer holidays, when the schools are closed. They are out of their daily routine, too many lose their only meal of the day and may be left with very few stimulating activities.”
Sir Willie Haughey added: “The work that Cash for Kids carries out supporting children’s charities in the heart of our communities across west central Scotland is vital and I am always glad to support its work. My companies work closely with Asda across the whole of the UK so I’m delighted to be able to support their fundraising efforts for such a wonderful charity.”
Lorraine Thomas from the Jeely Piece Club in Castlemilk, who received a summer grant of £1146 from Cash for Kids to provide a summer project for primary aged children, said: “This is an amazing effort and supporting Cash for Kids means that lots of different projects, like the Jeely Piece Club, working with vulnerable children will benefit.”
The Asda colleagues cycled 57 miles around the island and walked 19.5 miles.