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Charity donations reach £10,000 four weeks ahead of sponsored bike ride

Menzies Distribution’s fundraising efforts have raised £10,000 almost four weeks before a 28-strong team embark on a 600 mile sponsored bike ride across the UK in aid of CHILDREN 1ST and Anthony Nolan.

The seven-leg tour begins at the logistics company’s headquarters in Edinburgh on August 27th and will end at subsidiary business Orbital Marketing Services Group in Ashford, Kent, on September 2nd.

Led by Managing Director David McIntosh, the cyclists will travel the length of the UK passing through several cities including Glasgow, Sheffield and Cambridge, visiting colleagues at various branches along the way.

And while the intrepid group of cyclists complete their challenge, other staff will hold a variety of fundraising events as part of the company’s first ever dedicated charity week.

McIntosh said: "As a business we have always given donations to charities, but this year we thought we would join forces with all our teams across the UK to make a bigger difference to two very deserving causes.

"The cycling will be tough, but it’ll be worth it. And it’s really fantastic that those who aren’t cycling are organising their own events to help the causes. Hopefully together we can raise a really impressive sum."

The beneficiaries of Menzies Distribution’s first charity week were both chosen in consultation with employees. CHILDREN 1ST has been working across Scotland for over 125 years to ensure safer, happier childhoods and brighter futures for Scotland’s most vulnerable children, and the Anthony Nolan charity aims to save the lives of children and adults with blood cancer by finding matching donors willing to donate their bone marrow.

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