Amey is committed to supporting the UK’s Armed Forces and their families, not just through our day-to-day work on the MOD’s Defence contracts but also by organising activities and fundraising events to support our corporate charity partner, SSAFA.
In 2015, Amey’s Defence teams partnered with SSAFA with a commitment to raise £250,000 before the end of our contracts. We’re now 4 ½ years in and thanks to the generosity of our staff and supply chain partners, we’re almost there – with our current fundraising total standing at just over £235,000.
Alex Macrae, Amey’s Technical Manager, is a strong supporter of SSAFA, and recently undertook a gruelling nine-day cycle ride that saw him cover more than 980 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising just over £5,000 for the charity.
Alex said “Having served in the Royal Navy for 22 years I recognise how important charities like SSAFA are to our military community. Being able to combine my love of cycling with fundraising for SSAFA is my way of saying thank you to those who have given so much to serve and protect our country.”
Alex’s journey took in the rugged coastline of Cornwall, the rolling hills and valleys of the North of England and the barren majesty of the Scottish Highlands. He experienced all elements of the weather, from bright, sun-filled days to drizzle, driving rain and strong winds. He free-wheeled down hills with fantastic beach views and climbed steep ones that needed all his strength to reach the top.
As our sites are located across the breadth of the UK, some of our teams were able to gather on the roadside to cheer him on or meet him at one of the designated refreshment points along the way to provide him with some much needed moral support. Alex also found time to send nightly updates of his journey that were shared with staff each day.
Alex said “I am extremely proud to have completed this challenge and raising more than £5000 for SSAFA is the icing on the cake. I’d like to thank everyone who supported me and especially those at St Athan, RAF Shawbury/Donnington and Rosyth who came out to the roadside and provided moral support along the way. SSAFA do so much for our Forces and the money raised from my challenge will be used to support their mentoring scheme that helps those who are struggling to make the transition from military to civilian life. There is still time to donate here: Alex Macrae's ride across Britain challenge"
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