A PAIR of North-east oil and gas workers have completed a mammoth cycle challenge and raised £7,887 which will be split between two charities.
Ali Davis, workshop manager at Weatherford International and colleague, QHSSE manager, Martin Downer, took part in the gruelling seven-day cycle ride from John O’ Groats to Land’s End, clocking up more than 100 miles every day to complete the 937 miles.
Half the money raised was donated to Inverurie’s Friends of St Andrew’s School, while the other £3,887 went towards UCAN’s latest fundraising campaign, to raise £2.5million to fund the purchase of a robotically assisted keyhole surgical system and two integrated operating theatres for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI), which will benefit all patients in the north of Scotland who require general, gynaecological or urological surgery in the future.
Ali said: “Throughout the week we had one puncture and one broken spoke. We are delighted to be able to support these local charities and hope that our efforts go a little way to helping others.
Speaking about his choice of charity, he added: “I chose Friends of St Andrews due to the care and support my son Craig has received attending St Andrew’s School over almost 14 years. He left the school this year to go to Aberdeen college and I wanted to mark the end of a big chapter in his life and hopefully raise enough money to help the other kids that will pass through this extraordinary school with their amazing staff over the coming years.
“This challenge could not have even been conceived without the support of Weatherford International for clothing the riders and supplying cycling equipment and Grampian Continental for supplying food and shelter for the night and a support vehicle to ensure a safe trip.
“We would like to take this chance to thank everyone who has supported us and a special thank you to our support team manager Pat, he took care of everything on the long road south and we are indebted to him for his support, care and motivational quips, our favourite being ‘if the wheels ain’t turnin’.”
Acting Head Teacher at St Andrew’s School, Susan Stewart said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Ali and Martin for all their efforts in raising this magnificent sum of money. The young people at St Andrew’s followed Ali and Martin’s progress on a daily basis through updates on Facebook, messages via Ali’s son Craig and phone calls and they tracked their bike journey along the whole route.