A team of 17 Edinburgh men and women are undertaking a relay challenge between Edinburgh and Glasgow to raise funds for a well-loved children’s charity.
Taking place on the 30th of June, the group will cover the 68 mile distance, setting off from their offices at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and finishing at their offices in Leith in support of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC).
The relay will consist of 11 different legs, which will see seven of the team running, two walking and another two cycling.
The group has raised money for a number of local charities over the years, but this year is the second year in a row that it has chosen to raise funds for ECHC – a charity they hold close to their hearts.
John Tough, who will be taking part in the relay, said: “We did a similar relay event last year where we ran and walked from Edinburgh to St Andrews – we’re an energetic bunch – and everyone loved it so much we thought we would do something similar this year.
“We changed the route to run from our offices in Glasgow to our offices in Edinburgh, making sure we finished in Leith so we can all celebrate as a team.
“Our starting time for the first leg is 8am and if everything runs smoothly we should be finishing about 8:15pm.
“The route we have picked should be very scenic. I’m going to practise my section this weekend, so I don’t hold anyone up.”
This year, to date, they have raised £3407 through an online fundraising page and offline means for example bake sales and grand nation sweep stakes. For the relay event, they hope to reach a target of £1000.
Tabby Blades, Assistant Corporate Fundraiser for ECHC: “We are extremely grateful to be their chosen charity.
“The money raised will have such a huge impact on the lives of our young patients and their families.
“ECHC exists to ensure children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness, improving the overall hospital experiences, so that they can be child first and patient second.
“It is the generosity of those who get involved with us, like John his team mates, which enables us to continue doing our important work.”
ECHC supports and complements the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children as well as other children’s healthcare settings across the southeast of Scotland and beyond.
Annually, ECHC distributes £1.5m at RHSC and other children and young people’s community healthcare settings – the target for 2018 is to raise a record £2.2m.
To support the team, you can donate at: https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/glasgow-to-edinburgh-relay