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BEAR Scotland team takes on Stirling Scottish Marathon challenge18 May 2017

BEAR Scotland team takes on Stirling Scottish Marathon challenge

Team is raising funds for ARC, charity that helped out a BEAR colleague


A team from Perth-based BEAR Scotland is getting ready to take on the first ever Stirling Scottish Marathon on Sunday 21 May to raise funds for charity.

The group of six come from across all departments in BEAR Scotland, with five taking part in a marathon for the first time. 

The team are taking on the 26.2 mile course to raise funds for ARC – Antenatal Results and Choices.  The charity provides advice and support for parents, families and professionals during the antenatal screening process who have received the devastating news that their pregnancy is not progressing as expected, and there is a risk their baby has a serious fetal anomaly. 

ARC was the nominated charity of choice after the organisation provided invaluable support towards one of BEAR Scotland’s staff and their family after they lost their daughter during pregnancy last year, and the charity still continues to offer support and help to them today.  

Parts of the 26.2 mile route through Stirling are on roads that BEAR Scotland is responsible for - the A84 and a very small part of the A9. So, after some gentle persuasion, six willing volunteers came forward to take on the challenge and get involved!

The group have set up a Virgin Money fundraising page to raise funds for the cause, which has so far topped £1000 in donations.  

Ryan Newman, Network Officer at BEAR Scotland, is one of the group taking on his first ever marathon. He said: “The idea was prompted after the race organisers contacted our BEAR colleagues to plan the event. Running a marathon is one of the things that’s been on my bucket list for a while and, after chatting with some other people in the office, we thought it would be great to enter as a group together to raise money for ARC in support of one of the team here at BEAR.

“We’ve been training since December. Everyone has been putting the miles in to get ready for Sunday’s event.  That being said, I am certainly looking forward to crossing the finish line!”

Mark Godsell, BEAR Scotland’s Commercial Director, said: “We’re delighted that members of our company are getting involved in the event and raising funds for a very worthy cause, particularly since the course takes part on some of BEAR’s trunk roads!

“The team have been training hard and getting some great support from the rest of the company as well as friends and family. We wish them all the very best of luck on Sunday.”

The team is made up of Ryan Newman, Stuart Earl, Theo Spinoulas, Gerard Kelly, Lesley Pirie and Laura Donaldson.

To sponsor the team visit their Virgin Money Giving Page here:  

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