Local firm supports charity cycle effort

Grampian Continental Sales Director Gavin Murray, Martin Downer, Ali Davis and Managing Director of Weatherford, Ian McCartney
Grampian Continental Sales Director Gavin Murray, Martin Downer, Ali Davis and Managing Director of Weatherford, Ian McCartney

LOCAL firm and leading North-east road haulier Grampian Continental has teamed up with Aberdeen oil services firm Weatherford International Ltd to champion a fundraising cycle set to raise thousands for local charities.

Kinellar based, Grampian Continental, is providing a support convoy vehicle and driver to accompany staff from Weatherford International Ltd on a John O’Groats to Lands End trip.

Materials and logistics manager, Ali Davis, and QHSSE manager, Martin Downer, are saddling up for the challenge, named JOGLE (John o’Groats to Lads End) 2012, to complete the gruelling 937-mile cycle in seven days.

The pair will get on their bikes on Saturday, May 19, with the aim of raising £10,000 for local causes urological cancer charity UCAN and St Andrews School, Inverurie .

Grampian Continental, which operates 40 trucks and 80 trailers from their premises at Kinellar, Aberdeenshire, transports haulage across the UK, Europe and North Africa for around 500 customers, mainly exporting and importing equipment for the oil and gas industry.

The firm has donated a JOGLE 2012 branded van to the cause, along with one of their experienced drivers, fuel and accommodation.

Grampian Continental, Sales Director, Gavin Murray, said: “The guys are taking part in a big challenge and it’s great that Grampian Continental can lend a hand along the way. The van will be there to store supplies for the team and also as a safety measure so they will be well looked after. We are also supplying accommodation and fuel throughout the journey.”

Cyclist, Ali Davis said: “I’ve always been a keen cyclist and runner so I’m no stranger to the sport. Training has been tough for the challenge with 34 mile round trips, cycling to and from work each day. I am hoping that all our hard work pays off as it’s all for a good cause. We chose to support UCAN and St Andrews as they offer such worthwhile services to the North-east and are causes that are close our hearts.”

The John o’Groats to Lands End route, well trodden by fundraisers, traverses the whole length of Great Britain, from the North eastern corner to the South western corner and is 874 miles by road.

To show your support visit, www.ucanfundraise.org.uk and select the JOGLE 2012 dedicated fundraising page. You can also keep up-to-date with Ali and Martin’s training on their dedicated Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ JOGLE2012CHALLENGE