North East Businessman Goes Extra Mile To Support Local Children

North East Businessman Goes Extra Mile To Support Local Children

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01 June 2017

An Aberdeenshire man has raised over £1,000 to help support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children living in north-east Scotland.

Andy Buchan, managing director of oil and gas equipment rental, service and maintenance firm Hiretech Limited, presented Aberdeen-based charity Cash for Kids with £1,076.50 following a series of fundraising events.

The big-hearted businessman used the occasion of his 50th birthday to raise money for the local children’s charity, requesting donations in lieu of presents.  A subsequent fundraising motorcycle ride with friends and colleagues to the west coast helped to swell the final total.

Eight fellow bikers joined Andy on the return trip from Hiretech Limited’s office at Hatton of Fintray to Applecross, with the route also taking in Ullapool and the Bealach na Ba.  On the 450-mile journey the bikers received light-hearted fines for any misdemeanours and breakdowns.  Andy stipulated that all bikes should be pre-1979 models, a rule he himself broke – and was fined for – by choosing to ride a 1986 Yamaha RD125LC.

The group was supported on the trip by Hiretech Limited’s apprentice engineer James Farquhar.  His services were put to use within minutes of the journey commencing when one of the bikes broke down around two miles outside Hatton of Fintray.

A keen motorcyclist, Andy has supported many charitable causes in recent years and was inspired to support Cash for Kids due to its local nature, with all funds being raised and distributed in the north-east.  Andy first became aware of Cash for Kids 20 years ago when a he played guitar in a band at an event in Aberdeen and donated the proceeds to the children’s charity.

Cash for Kids will use the donation to help fulfil applications to its unique quarterly grant funding programme.  The scheme provides grants to individuals, families and community groups to support children and improve their quality of life.  

Michelle Ferguson, Cash for Kids charity manager, said: "We are very grateful to Andy and his family, friends and colleagues for their generosity.  The bike trip sounds like it was an eventful journey from the outset and illustrates how fun and imaginative fundraising can be.

"Andy’s efforts will enable Cash for Kids to continue to support a wide range of children, families and community groups in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.  Our aim is to improve the life quality of these children, whether that is a result of disability, illness or poverty.”

Andy added: "Cash for Kids makes a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and their families in the north-east every year.  The funding it provides can be invaluable.  I am very thankful to everyone who has helped me to fundraise for the charity over the past month, particularly those who were penalised for their unknown misdemeanours on our bike ride.”