A group of Inverness business people has helped to raise more than £30,000 for local and national charities. Colin MacLeod, customer training officer at Highland Office Equipment, part of the Capital Document Solutions group, completed a 10-day cycle challenge as part of the Auld Alliance 2014.
The grueling 10-day journey saw the group cycle 1,000 miles from Inverness to Ribagnac, near Bergerac, in the south of France. The team, which has been in intensive training for the past 11 months, cycled through Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium and France.
Office equipment specialists Capital and HOE have donated £1,000 towards the team which has already raised £34,440 on behalf of the Special Care Baby Unit at Raigmore Hospital, Highland Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.
Colin MacLeod said: “As expected, it proved to be an extremely demanding physical challenge as we had to cover 1,000 miles and five countries in just 10 days. Some members of the team were relatively inexperienced at cycling but pulled through fantastically well.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank every single person and company that has been very generous and donated to our three very worthwhile charities. Without their support we wouldn’t have been able to raise such a fantastic amount of money.”
Tom Flockhart, founder and managing director at Capital, said: “Great credit has to go to Colin and all the team for completing such a physically demanding challenge. They showed real commitment and perseverance, while raising a significant sum for three well respected charities.”
Colin was joined by Chris Barnet, Adam Fawcett, Colin Grave, Ewan MacDonald, Ross MacDonald, David MacDonald and Michael Macrae. Donations are still being accepted at http://bit.ly/1hTjCC9 with all proceeds going to charity.