Grants employees use pedal power for Poppy Scotland

The cheque is handed over to Poppy Scotland.
The cheque is handed over to Poppy Scotland.

Employees from William Grants and Sons distillery in Girvan helped to raise thousands for Poppy Scotland earlier this summer.

On Sunday 7th June employees took part in a sponsored cycle organised by supporter Janice McGeechan to raise money for the charity.

The event started and finished in the Grants Distillery at the Grangestone Industrial Estate with 34 cyclists plus support staff taking part in the cycle which also took in some of the local area.

There were four different routes on offer to cater for participants of all abilities.

Through sponsorship the event managed to raise a terrific total of £2,262.36 which William Grant and Sons then decided to generously match bringing the total up to £4,524.72 which was raised for Poppy Scotland.

Janice, who is a Health and Safety Adviser for William Grant & Sons, said: “I’ve been in the Army Reserves for 30 years and wanted to take on a fundraising challenge to mark the occasion and to give something back so I decided to hold an event for Poppyscotland.

“I encouraged my colleagues to join in and we had a great time.

“ I’m delighted that we managed to raise so much money for Poppyscotland.”

Poppyscotland Regional Fundraiser, Stephen Shirres, said “We are extremely grateful to Janice for organising this fantastic event in support of Poppyscotland. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Thanks also to William Grant & Sons Distillers for their generosity in matching the amount raised by their employees.

“Poppyscotland needs to raise funds all year round to continue its life-changing work supporting the Armed Forces community and we rely on people like Janice holding fundraising events on our behalf.”

Fundraising events like this allow Poppyscotland to deliver support to members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland by providing tailored funding and assistance. The charity also funds services in advice, employment, housing, mental health, mobility and respite.