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ScotAsh to Raise Funds for Action Medical Research

on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 16:17

ScotAsh has combined its employee wellbeing programme with raising much needed funds for medical research to help babies and children suffering from traumatic health problems.

On 22nd August the ScotAsh team of Ross MacNicol, Peter Goodwin, Louis Caine and Ross Cameron, with Jim Donnelly and Karen Seivwright as support crew, will be taking part in the Trossachs PLOD, a 50km walking endurance challenge.

Starting at midnight in Aberfoyle, the trek follows a circular route through the Trossachs and is designed to push the teams to the limits of their endurance.The ScotAsh team, and their fellow plodders from organisations across Scotland, are raising money for children’s charity Action Medical Research.  


Action Medical Research offers hope to the many thousands of families who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease, for which there is no cure.

Right now the best medical minds in children’s hospitals and universities across the UK are waiting for the green light to start research that could lead to life-changing treatments for babies and children. They just need the funding.

Ross Cameron, who works in ScotAsh’s laboratory says: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I’ve always donated to sponsored charity events, but never actually taken part in anything physically until now – bring it on!”

Ross MacNicol, a member of the ScotAsh production team adds: “We decided to do another charity event since it has been a number of years since we climbed Ben Nevis for Cancer Research and Mountain Rescue – and we are hoping to beat the £2051 sum we raised from that event.

“We picked a 30 mile walk around the Trossachs as we felt it would be a real challenge. The charity, Action Medical Research, is a children’s charity that helps with a number of conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, ADHD and Ataxia to name a few.

Ross added: “We chose this event as we all have kids in our lives and want to see them smile – and we know the importance of a good lifestyle, which walking contributes to. I am really looking forward to the challenge of the Trossachs PLOD – we have training hard to make sure we can complete this gruelling event.”

If you would like to help the team beat their fundraising target of £2,000, you can make a donation at: http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/scotashplodders

Alternatively, cheques (made payable to Action Medical Research) can be sent to ScotAsh Limited, Longannet Power Station, Kincardine-on-Forth, FK10 4AA.