Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Team Effort from Royal Mail

Alex McCallum and 14 colleagues from the Royal Mail Scottish Distribution Centre based in Wishaw cycled from Glasgow to Inverness raising £2,000 to help support individuals and families with autism. They presented a cheque for £2,000 to Heather McArthur from Scottish Autism, Scotland’s autism charity, on Friday 22 June 2012.

Alex and his fundraising friends work shift patterns so it was quite an achievement to get so many people to be available over a weekend. The team effort went even further though, as those that weren’t involved in the actual cycle supported the cyclists by helping to raise the money.

This charity event has grown in size since the first cycle in 2009 when only four people took part. Alex McCallum, who organises this annual event, says "We are supporting Scottish Autism because a few of us at work have family members with autism and we know about the great support that the charity gives to people and families who are affected by it. A big thanks goes to our Royal Mail management team who provide the support vehicle which carries all the necessary equipment – and also the odd bacon buttie along the way!”

Heather McArthur, Fundraiser at Scottish Autism said “It is thanks to generous and committed people like Alex and his Royal Mail Team that we will be able to reach more people living with autism in Scotland. Calls to our advice team doubled in 2011 as families and people on the spectrum face even more challenges in their daily lives. We need to ensure that we reach the people who need us most, wherever they live and whatever their situation, and donations make a real difference."

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