Workers show their bottle to help sick kids

SPECIAL GIFT . . . Elaine McAdam and her Grants co-workers John Lochrie and William French hand over their donation to Yorkhill Children's Foundation corporate and events fundraising assistant Laura Donnelly (left).

SPECIAL GIFT . . . Elaine McAdam and her Grants co-workers John Lochrie and William French hand over their donation to Yorkhill Children's Foundation corporate and events fundraising assistant Laura Donnelly (left).

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WORKERS from a whisky bottling plant in Bellshill have given a charity plenty to toast by handing over a donation of £6,000.

The 25 employees from the William Grant plant in Strathclyde Business Park undertook a sponsored cycle in October - covering the route from the firm’s distillery in Dufftown in north-east Scotland to Bellshill - in aid of Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital.

The route was split into sections with the team members covering stretches simultaneously and co-ordinator Elaine McAdam said she and her co-workers were delighted to have raised three times their original overall target for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

She said: “We had initially set a target of £1,000 and the company agreed to match that.

“But as the build-up to the event took effect we managed to raise a massive £5,000 in six weeks and the company donated its £1,000.

“It proved to be a much tougher challenge than first anticipated as some of the cycling routes weren’t clearly marked and the tracks were overgrown.

“On all of the routes we were going into a headwind that also increased the intensity of the challenge. Those on the walking sections also had to overcome some challenges from heavy rain and wind to navigate their way through local villages.”

But it proved worth the effort as the workers were able to hand over a significant donation to their chosen charity.