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PLOD Team Raises £2,276 for Action Medical Research

on Tue, 06/01/2015 - 15:27

The ScotAsh team who took part in the Trossachs PLOD over the summer raised an amazing £2,276 for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The team of Ross MacNicol, Ross Cameron, Louis Caine and Peter Goodwin, with Jim Donnelly and Karen Seivwright as support crew, took part in the event as a way of combining fitness with fundraising, as an extension of the Wellbeing Programme. The Trossachs PLOD is an annual walking endurance challenge, which begins in Aberfoyle at midnight and involves trekking thirty-plus miles – starting in the dark at midnight – over rough and challenging terrain, for 12-17 hours.

Despite the discomfort and blisters the team crossed the finishing line the following afternoon and sponsorship funds continued to come in over the following weeks.

Recently the team handed over a cheque for £2,276 to Cecilia Cooper from the charity.

Jenny Edwards, Director of Fundraising for Action Medical Research said: "We are delighted with the success of the 2014 Trossachs PLOD and so grateful to the ScotAsh Plodders and all the other 16 teams who took part. The PLOD is no walk in the park and we are always impressed with the grit and determination that teams show to complete the 50km overnight challenge. We have raised more than £49k so far which will help us to fund even more vital research for babies and children."

Team member Ross MacNicol said the team had chosen to take part in the Trossachs PLOD, as it had been a number of years since their last challenge – climbing Ben Nevis for Cancer Research and Mountain Rescue.

Action Medical Research funds research into all kinds of medical conditions affecting babies and children. Their successes over the years have included funding development of the first polio vaccine to medical genetics, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and helping to treat head injuries. Current research includes projects on child cancers, asthma and breathing difficulties and autism.

Ross Cameron said: “It was a challenging, painful walk, for a great cause.”

Peter Goodwin added: “Mentally and physically the PLOD was extremely hard going. The camaraderie of the team and because the event was for Action Medical Research were major factors for me completing the course. It was an enjoyable challenge but I have never been so relieved as I was when I saw the finish line. Bring on next year!”

Louis commented: ”Great night and day for all the boys. Some of us were more tender afterwards than others, but it was all for a worthwhile cause. I’m looking forward to our next challenge as we continue to help others less fortunate than ourselves.”

The team would like to thank all friends and colleagues who sponsored the PLOD challenge. Photo by kind permission of Douglas Johnston.