Branston employees invited to Scottish Parliament

Posted: 28 November 2013
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Employees at Branston have been invited to Scottish Parliament to hand over the proceeds of their fundraising to Asthma UK. Staff at the Scotland site have been fundraising throughout the year and have raised over £1,500 for the charity. They hold many fundraising events throughout the year and ask staff to nominate beneficiaries. This time, Asthma UK was chosen to help raise money to fund world-leading research to find better treatment.

For one of the main activities Jean Robertson, fundraising co-ordinator for the site, and five of her colleagues embarked on a twelve-week slim-a-thon, with the fundraising acting as an incentive for them to succeed.

To aid their weight loss, they also arranged a virtual cycle-thon. Using an exercise bike, they cycled the equivalent distance between the Branston sites within the twelve weeks. They also held other events including a cake sale, tombola and a raffle and managed to raise a total of £1,500.

The charity is especially close to Jean’s heart as she suffers from asthma herself and has received invaluable support and advice from the charity. There are some staggering statistics too. 5.4 million people in the UK suffer from asthma and three people die in the UK every day because of it.

In recognition of their success, Gordon Brown, National Director for Asthma UK Scotland, invited some of the team to Scottish Parliament to present a cheque to Dr McSorley, who is leading the field in researching the condition.

They attended the Cross Party Asthma meeting on November 27th, where they also had the opportunity to find out more about the research and campaigning the charity does in Scotland.

Jean commented: ‘I nominated Asthma UK as I suffer from it and have received invaluable support and advice from this charity. I was so pleased when it was picked from the hat, and I’m lucky to work with such wonderful colleagues who are very supportive and generous when it comes to fundraising. Special thanks to Gail Kelly, Greg Stout, Graeme Guthrie, Euan Page and Roger Gifford – if they hadn’t joined me on the challenges, we wouldn’t have raised such a fantastic amount of money.’

Gordon Brown, National Director for Asthma UK Scotland commented: ‘We’re so grateful to the team at Branston Ltd for their fundraising efforts in the past few months – it’s wonderful that the whole team has worked together to raise such a fantastic sum. We’re delighted that the money raised by Branston Ltd will fund Dr McSorley’s fascinating research at the University of Edinburgh into how parasitic worms could prevent allergic asthma, and hope that this will lead to new treatments in the future.’