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Branston goes extra mile for cancer charity

Potato supplier raises over £3,000 for Maggie’s Centre in Dundee through sponsored 500-mile trek inspired by Proclaimers song

Branston goes extra mile for cancer charity

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More than 20 employees and supporters of potato supplier Branston have put their best foot forward in a 500-mile charity challenge. 

Staff, suppliers and their families walked and cycled to complete the trek, in the spirit of the Proclaimers song I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), raising thousands of pounds for Maggie’s Centre in Dundee. The charity provides practical, social and emotional support to people with cancer and their family and friends.

“I’m so proud of everyone who took part and the money raised so far, plus the remaining sponsorship we have coming in means we have smashed our £3,000 target,” said Kevin Imrie, general manager at Branston in Perthshire.

“At Branston, giving back to the community and charity causes is so very important to us as a business and we really value the time and effort put in by our generous team members and their families to support the cause.”

The fundraising challenge saw the group of volunteers give up their Sunday to complete as many laps of the eight-mile-long circular “Rynd Roond” from Bridge of Earn as they could. 

The distance trekked by each individual was added together and totted up to a total 389 miles travelled on the day, adding to the miles previously logged through lunchtime walking and weekend cycling.

“We are simply delighted with the amount raised and a huge thank you to everyone involved for being a part of such a great event,” said Laura Boyd, centre fundraiser for the charity.

“Maggie’s Dundee welcomes over 13,000 visitors a year and it costs around £2,400 for the centre to be open for one day. This event will go a long way to helping Maggie’s Dundee continue to provide practical, social and emotional support people with cancer and their family and friends.”

To donate, visit Branston’s Just Giving page.

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