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Chivas Brothers workers end epic cycle for MND Scotland at Keith's Strathisla Distillery


By Lorna Thompson

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A 20-STRONG team of Chivas Brothers employees cranked up more than £30,000 for MND Scotland in a 200-mile cycle over the weekend.

In their very first charity cycle ride, workers biked from the company’s bottling site in Dumbarton to Speyside, ending at Strathisla Distillery in Keith.

MND Scotland is Chivas Brothers' current Charity of the Year and the ride date coincides with Global MND Awareness Day, on June 21, and MND Scotland’s 40th anniversary, on June 23.

Chivas Brothers operates The Glenlivet, Strathisla and Aberlour distilleries.

The workers raised £32,132, contributing to exceeding Chivas Brothers’ £100,000 fundraising milestone for the charity.

They covered the miles and more than 10,000 feet of elevation in two and a half days.

MND Scotland supports families affected by Motor Neurone Disease to improve their quality of life and funds pioneering research to find a cure for the disease.

A team of workers from Chivas Brothers at Strathisla Distillery in Keith after their 200-mile cycle from Dunbarton for MND Scotland.
A team of workers from Chivas Brothers at Strathisla Distillery in Keith after their 200-mile cycle from Dunbarton for MND Scotland.

Liam Donegan, manufacturing director at Chivas Brothers and one of the participants, said: "It’s brilliant to reflect on the amount raised and the hard work of the team after that mammoth ride.

"Making a difference to our community is incredibly important to us at Chivas Brothers, so I couldn’t be prouder that with this cycle, we could contribute to the advancements of MND Scotland’s brilliant work.

"We dug deep and pushed through some tough climbs, but I speak for us all in saying we would do it again in support of the incredible MND team – just maybe in a day or two."

MND Scotland was selected by Chivas Brothers employees as their Charity of the Year last January. At the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, the company donated an additional £26,000 to reach its £50,000 fundraising milestone early. Since then, Chivas Brothers staff have raised more than £100,000 for the charity through various initiatives and have extended the partnership through 2021.

Morag McGown, of MND Scotland, said: "This was a truly incredible feat by the Chivas team, and we have been blown away by everyone’s commitment and generosity.

"Without supporters like Chivas Brothers, we simply wouldn’t be able to continue helping families in Scotland when they need us most. All funds raised will make sure no one has to go through the devastation of MND alone, and power cutting-edge research to find a cure."

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/team/CharityCycleRide.


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