Scenes of limbering, stretching and warming up are not only being played out across Fife’s gyms this summer.
Pagan Osborne’s offices in St Andrews, Cupar and Anstruther are hotbeds of fitness and exercise as 15 members of staff get ready to embark upon a gruelling physical challenge to raise funds for CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland).
The 12-hour Beat the Borders event takes place on Saturday 30th August and comprises of a 40 mile cycle, an 18 mile hike and adventure challenges. It starts in Melrose and loops through areas such as Kelso and Roxburgh before ending back in Melrose.
Jennifer Lowry, HR Manager at Pagan Osborne and the company’s Make A Difference team champion, is taking part in the event for the first time this year. She said:
“I have never done anything like this before and am really looking forward to it. It will be a fun day with my colleagues and it’s great to be raising money for such an important charity.”
The team hopes to raise £5500 – beating last year’s total of £5300. All funds raised will go directly to CHAS to support the charity in the vital work it does providing hospices services for babies, children, young people and their families in Scotland.
Six members of the team are cycling 40 miles before the remaining nine people join them for an 18 mile hike.
Angela Robins, Head of Finance & IT at Pagan Osborne, said:
“For a few of us this is the first time we’ve ever taken part in anything like this. Building towards this goal has really helped me get a lot fitter and I have really enjoyed it.
“CHAS is a fantastic charity and it makes undertaking this challenge all the more special. I hope we manage to raise a lot of money for them.”
CHAS is Pagan Osborne’s nominated charity. The leading legal, financial and property company regularly holds events such as bake sales, tuck shops and team lunches in Edinburgh and Fife to continue fundraising throughout the year.
Alana Maxwell, Outdoor Events Fundraiser at CHAS, said:
“We are delighted that Pagan Osborne is joining us at Beat the Borders again this year. They are fantastic supporters of CHAS and, like all the participants, their enthusiasm for Beat the Borders helps to make it a great event.
“Beat the Borders is a fun day out in a beautiful location and all the money raised will help us create some amazing times for over 350 families that use our services.
“Best of luck to the Pagan Osborne team, we know you will be brilliant!”
The following people are taking part in the challenge:
Cycling and hiking – Sarah Thurston, Euan Glasgow, Moira Lyall, Steph Pratt, Derek Black and Ross Whittaker.
Hiking – Louise McLachlan, Jennifer Lowry, Michelle Hardie, Carly Thomson, Jodie Harrison, Angela Robins, Sharon Bowman, Chris Duff and Louise Laing.
To donate, follow this link page https://www.justgiving.com/POBeatTheBorders.