BP teams rack up the charity miles

SEVERAL BP North Sea staff from Arbroath and the surrounding area have been involved in a massive fund-raising programme for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

The BP team, comprising 350 employees, racked up a grand total of over 99,000 kilometres and raised around £60,000 by taking on the Gold Challenge.

The BP contingent is the biggest taking part in the Olympic fund-raiser for Maggie’s and has seen 30 sub-teams work tirelessly since the start of the year to amass, and in some cases exceed, a tally of 2012 kilometres each.

Sub-teams, including Backbone to the Future, Gym’ll Fix It, TARalympians and a one-man team Alastair Marshall, have been cycling, running, walking, rowing or even horse riding their way to the target.

The teams could collect kilometres by taking part in a range of sports that will feature in this year’s Olympics.

Trevor Garlick, regional president, BP North Sea, said: “Taking part in the 2012 kilometre challenge has been a great way for teams from right across BP North Sea’s business to work together, raise money for Maggie’s and to get a little fitter!”

One team which took part in the Gold Challenge was the Schiehallion sub-team made up of 13 onshore and offshore employees. To make up their 2012 kilometres they cycled 201.2-kilometre through Perthshire.

The ride, which took them up a steep climb over the Schiehallion Mountain and round Loch Rannoch, took them just 11 hours to complete.

Donnie Bruce, the Schiehallion team organiser, said: “The scenery was spectacular. The best thing about this ride was the opportunity to soak in the picturesque Perth landscape, it helps you forget about the distance, the pain and the blisters.”

The offshore operations engineer added: “We have also raised funds for a fantastic cause which provides an invaluable service for anyone affected by cancer.”

BP North Sea also helped generate the amazing fund-raising total by agreeing to match each team’s own sponsorship total.

Maggie’s senior corporate manager Gemma Branney said: “I think it is amazing that these BP employees have come together to take on such a huge challenge and raise such an incredible sum of money for Maggie’s.

“I truly hope they will inspire other companies to offer their employees the chance to do something similar.

“This kind of support is essential to ensure Maggie’s can continue to provide help and support to anyone affected by cancer and I would like to offer a huge vote of thanks to everyone involved.”