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Tesco and Border fundraiser set to make new events possible for Paradventures

Border’s mascot, Ginger George, presented the cheque. Photo courtesy of John Prior

Tesco Lanark and Border Biscuits have presented a cheque for £7,013 to Paradventures after completing the Speyside Way challenge in March.

Tesco Lanark store manager Richard Mcallister and his friend, Robert Paton, walked 80 miles from Buckie to Aviemore and were joined on the last day by staff from the Gallowhill Road store as well as a team from Border Biscuits and Paradventures.

The group completed the last day alongside Poppy McKenzie and her family, with a bespoke all-terrain wheelchair.

Staff from both local companies worked tirelessly to raise sponsorship money for the project, with Border Biscuits also making a generous donation and Tesco topping up the total raised by 20%.

Despite completing the walk two months ago, money is still coming in to support the cause and the total now believed to be close to £8,173 with the money going towards enabling youngsters in the community to take part in outdoor adventures and making new projects possible for the charity.

Richard Mcallister, Tesco Lanark store manager, is thrilled with the result.

He said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the team with this event. I am delighted with sum that has been raised, which is nearly double what was raised from our walk last year. I am very grateful to all our customers who have been so generous. 

“Paradventures is a very deserving local charity and I’m happy to know that youngsters in our community will benefit from this money. 

“Tesco and Border are the two largest employers in Lanark and I’m happy that we could work together on this event to benefit our community.”

Lesley Ann Gray, brand and innovation director at Border Biscuits, added: “We are proud to make a difference in the local community and being able to work alongside Tesco to help Paradventures has been a very rewarding experience.”

Gordon McGregor, founder of Paradventures, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the fantastic effort that everybody has put in.

“Without this level of support, the adventures that we provide for youngsters with disabilities and severe and complex needs would not be possible.

“A massive thank you to everyone – it really is so much appreciated.”