A relay special effort from Edrington raises £16,800 for the Hospice

The fantastic combined efforts of staff at Edrington have paid off to the tune of almost £17,000 for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

The whisky manufacturer, based on Great Western Road just a couple of miles from the Hospice, have staged an annual 24-hour relay at their site for the past four years.

Participants can run for as long as they wish before handing over to a colleague, with all proceeds from the charity event going to St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

Thirty-five people, including Edrington Chief Executive Ian Curle, took part in this year’s relay, which was organised by whisky maker Max McFarlane and took place in May – although the complete fundraising total has only recently been confirmed.

Edrington and the Robertson Trust also pick up at the baton in terms of donations, by each matching the sum raised by staff.

Thanks to the superb efforts of the runners, who were visited on the day by Hospice chairman Professor Leo Martin, that triple total amounts to a huge donation of £16,800.

A spokesman for Edrington said: “We’re always delighted to offer support to the Hospice. We have a long-standing relationship with St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and as a local charity, it is close to a lot of our employees’ hearts.”

Hospice Chief Executive Sister Rita added: “We are very appreciative of the efforts of the staff at the Edrington Group.

“The 24-hour relay is a gruelling event and the total raised is a tremendous sum. We’d also like to thank senior management at Edrington and the Robertson Trust for their wonderful gesture in matching the sums raised to triple the donation.”