A team of cyclists from our charity of the year partner Branston Ltd have raised more than £2,200 for Support in Mind Scotland after completing the 'Branston Century' Cycling Challenge in Lincolnshire.

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The group of Scottish cyclists headed south from potato company Branston's site in Abernethy, near Perth, to join colleagues from England, to tackle either a demanding 50-mile or 100km hilly route near Lincoln. 

The Scotland team undertook the challenge in aid of Support in Mind Scotland, after appointing us their Charity of the Year. The English team raised money to support our sister charity and Mental Health UK partner charity, Rethink Mental Illness.

While their journey would have been undoubtedly hard-going at times (as noted on their JustGiving page, England "may not have hills like ours, but they do still have hills!"), the cyclists reported back that the challenge had made for a 'great day out'. 

And it certainly was a great day - the Scotland team's efforts encouraged 51 donations, with the total raised coming to £2,268.45 + £312.11 Gift Aid - meaning Branston surpassed their £2,000 target!

Jim Aitken, one of the Scottish riders who works at Branston’s Perth site, said:

"The Scottish cyclists from Branston all enjoyed a great day out covering the scenic route in Lincolnshire to raise funds for Support Mind in Scotland. The weather was kind with bright sunshine and with a carefully planned route, this year, no one suffered any punctures.

"We got an update on our total from the Just Giving website just before we set off on Friday, with the good news that we had achieved our £2,000 target. Great result."

Branston's HR director, Simon Telfer, said that they chose Support in Mind Scotland to be their charity of the year so they could "make a real difference" with their charity fundraising.

"This year we’re focusing on raising awareness of mental well-being throughout our business so it was great that so many of our staff voted to support a charity that would help us to do that."

Not only are Branston making great strides with their fundraising efforts, 2018 also saw the company introduce ‘mental health supporters’ at all its sites. These are specially trained volunteers who have been provided with the resources to enable them to help any staff who want support or advice related to any aspects of mental health.

We think it's fantastic that Branston share our passion for raising mental health awareness, inside and outside the workplace, and want to say thank you again for supporting the services we deliver across Scotland. And, of course, a big congratulations again for completing the Branston Century Cycle challenge!

For more information about Branston, and to keep up to date on their latest charitable activity, visit www.branston.com.