Staff cycle 1,400 miles for cash


Caring workers from the Thistle Hotel group passed through Montrose on their 1,400 mile cycling relay to raise money for five children’s charities.

More than 700 members of staff from six Thistle hotels in Scotland have saddled up for the Lite@Nite relay challenge.

Lite @ Nite started with 20 members of staff swimming in the Loch Ness. Then chief executive Mike DeNoma walked from Loch Ness to Inverness with the baton.

The relay then began, as workers cycled down from Inverness heading to London, passing the baton on to other members of staff along the way.

Stephen Gow, Kim Morrison and Lindsay Aitchison from Thistle Aberdeen Altens cycled from Inverbervie to Montrose on Monday (August 19).

A lot of the cycling has been done in the dark, with members of staff setting off in the early hours of the morning.

Stephen Gow. manager of Thistles Aberdeen Altens, explained: “Children are most vulnerable when it’s dark, so we wanted to give them some light at night.”

Kim Morrison said: “The challenge we are facing in Lite@Nite is nothing compared to the challenges that some children face every day of their lives.

“It’s very humbling to take part in a project like this, and it’s a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause, cycling through such a fantastic area of the country.”

The baton was passed over to Thistle members of staff Elaine Rattray and Girts Upenieks in Montrose, who travelled through to Abroath to Dundee for the next stage of the relay.

Lite @ Nite is raising money for five children’s charities - Barnardo’s, Kidscape, Kids Company, The Children’s Society and the British Triathlon Foundation Trust, which uses exercise to inspire children.

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