Brave Branston team takes on Spartan race

Posted: 22 July 2015
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Five employees from Branston’s Scotland site last weekend (19th July) joined fellow determined competitors to tackle a hardcore obstacle course designed to push them to their limits.

The Branston team, consisting of Rosie Ritchie, Mark Robb, Nea Balfour, Debbie Scobie and Neil Gorman, were raising money for CHAS – Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, and managed to raise an impressive £2,164 in sponsorships and funds raised from a charity car wash in May of this year.

Branston contributed an additional £3,000 to this, bringing the total funds raised to £5,164.

Not for the feint hearted, the Spartan is not your average race event. Those taking part run, climb and crawl across spectacular terrain, with muddy obstacles only adding to the challenge, testing strength, balance, mental tenacity and endurance.

The Branston team competed in the sprint race in Midlothian, which was over 8K in length, tackling over 20 obstacles throughout the duration – determined to avoid the 30-burpee penalty for failure to complete one of the obstacles!

Rosie Ritchie, Administrator at Branston’s Scotland site, commented:

“We’re all bruised and battered, but very glad we took part. It was a great event but I’m not sure it’s an experience I want to repeat – although a couple of the team are talking about signing up for another go! Raising such a large amount of money for an excellent charity made every bruise worth it.”

Alison Rennie, CHAS Fundraiser, added:

“It has been really good getting to know the staff at Branston, they are a great group to work with and the enthusiasm for their fundraising is fantastic. The amazing amount they have raised will help us continue to be there for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families when they need us most.”

Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is the only charity that provides hospice services in Scotland for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

CHAS provides care in two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. The hospices support the whole family by offering short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services.

CHAS also provides a home care service, CHAS at Home which has teams working from Rachel House and Robin House as well as dedicated teams in Aberdeen and Inverness, caring for families in their own homes when they need it most.

CHAS supports over 350 families, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support. The services are funded through tireless, year-round fund-raising to secure over £9million needed every year

PIctures: Eric Ritchie hands over cheque to Alison Rennie of CHAS. Others, from left - NEA Balfour, Gail Kelly, Rosie Ritchie, Kevin Imrie, Debbie Scobie, with daughter Rebecca (9), Dave Taylor, Neil Gorman & Mark Robb.