Dundee drivers’ pedal power
Staff at Roxburghe House receive a cheque from drivers and managers of Xplore Dundee, supported by the family of Colin O'Farrell
A group of Dundee drivers have handed over a large donation to Roxburghe House Comfort Fund after completing a charity cycle in memory of one of their colleagues.
Stephen Stewart, Paul Hanton and Colin Smith cycled from Dundee to John O’Groats during one weekend in June, covering more than 250 miles. The team decided to undertake the gruelling challenge to raise money for Roxburghe House, which had provided care in the final days of their colleague Colin O’Farrell who died in January.
Stephen Stewart explains the motivation for their fundraising efforts:
“Five years ago a few of us cycled from John O’Groats to Dundee – since then two of them have passed with cancer and another of our colleagues, Colin, has also died in the past year from this horrible disease.
“So we decided to repeat the cycle in reverse and donate any money raised to Roxburghe House in recognition of the care Colin was given in his last days.”
The cyclists brought in a grand total of £1773, including a £300 boost from the National Express Employee Charity Panel, which supports the fundraising efforts of staff from across the transport group’s UK operations.
The cycle challenge was also generously supported by AM Phillip, which contributed free minibus hire for the weekend, allowing the drivers to easily transport their bikes, gear and support team.
The drivers joined managers of Xplore Dundee and the family of Colin O’Farrell to present the cheque to staff at Roxburghe House on Thursday 14th September.