Whyte & Mackay travels 50,000 miles for mental health

Whyte & Mackay travels 50,000 miles for mental health

Employees at the brand took part in a virtual trip around the world (twice) to raise money for mental health charities

News | 14 Oct 2020

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A team of 200 employees from Glasgow-based Whyte & Mackay have taken part in a virtual adventure to travel twice around the world.

The group, based in Canada, USA, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UAE, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain and Russia, took part in the challenge to raise money for mental health charities around the world and support their colleagues through challenging and uncertain times.

The challenge, named Whyte & Mackay Cares, was inspired by the feats of Sir Captain Tom Moore and has raised £114,841 in total. After beginning in July with an initial goal of travelling around the world once by walking, running, rowing or cycling. Last week the challenge drew to a close with the team clocking up 50,000 miles.

Nick Garland, for Whyte & Mackay said: “We’re incredibly proud of the team and pleased with the total fundraising figure from Whyte & Mackay Cares.

“The challenge came about as a way to bring the team together virtually and encourage people to stay physically and mentally healthy during a very uncertain time.

“Charities like SAMH have been providing vital support to people who have been struggling and we are delighted to go some way in helping this continue.”

Jo Anderson, director of external affairs at SAMH, said: “Lockdown and beyond has been such a difficult time for most, and for many people it has exacerbated challenges that they were already facing.

“We’d like to thank the whole team at Whyte & Mackay for their incredible fundraising efforts; they will really help us to continue to provide support to those in our communities who need it.”

To mark the end of the challenge the team at Whyte & Mackay had a virtual event to bring everyone together and hand the cheque of £93,632 over to Billy Watson, chief executive at SAMH.

SAMH has a dedicated Coronavirus mental health information hub for anyone looking for help or support during the pandemic, which can be found on its website.
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