Staff have bottle to take on charity ride

William Grant plant, Bellshill. some workers taking part in a sponsored cycle for Yorkhill
William Grant plant, Bellshill. some workers taking part in a sponsored cycle for Yorkhill
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A GROUP of workers from a Bellshill factory are literally getting on their bikes this weekend in an effort to raise money for charity.

The 25 employees from the maintenance department at the William Grant whisky bottling plant in Strathclyde Business Park are undertaking a sponsored cycle, covering the route from the firm’s distillery in Dufftown in north east Scotland all the way to Bellshill, in aid of Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital.

Although the workers will be covering the entire route they won’t be doing it in relay form but various team members will cover stretches simultaneously - each team covering around 50 miles - so that they are hopeful of ‘completing’ the course in a day.

The team’s effort is being co-ordinated by Elaine McAdam who explained why she and he co-workers chose the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation to be the beneficiary of their efforts.

She said: “A lot of the workers at the plant have been involved in attending Yorkhill with their children or grandchildren at some stage and it is a cause which is dear to their hearts.

“We wanted to make it worthwhile and the company have been great in terms of supplying safety gear and giving us the time we need to do it.”

The cycle will take place on Saturday and so far around £1,200 has been raised and Elaine is hoping the final total will be around £2,000.

The team are also hoping that the firm will agree to match that total, doubling the amount raised.

Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/elaine-mcadam.