EMPLOYEES of Whyte & Mackay have clocked up more than 50,000 miles in aid of charity this year, raising £114,841 in the process.
Two hundred of the drinks company’s employees participated in a ‘virtual adventure’ which challenged staff from around the world to participate by walking, running, rowing or cycling in order to add miles to the company’s total. Eventually staff from the UK, Canada, US, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UAE, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain and Russia clocked up a combined 50,000 miles – more than twice the distance around the world.
The main beneficiary of the fundraising activity was Scottish mental health charity SAMH, which received £93,632.
Nick Garland of Whyte & Mackay said: “We’re incredibly proud of the team and pleased with the total fundraising figure from Whyte & Mackay Cares.
“The challenge came about as a way to bring the team together virtually and encourage people to stay physically and mentally healthy during a very uncertain time.
“Charities like SAMH have been providing vital support to people who have been struggling and we are delighted to go some way in helping this continue.”
Jo Anderson, director of external affairs at SAMH, said: “Lockdown and beyond has been such a difficult time for most, and for many people it has exacerbated challenges that they were already facing.
“We’d like to thank the whole team at Whyte & Mackay for their incredible fundraising efforts: they will really help us to continue to provide support to those in our communities who need it.”