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Airport fundraisers make their final presentation

18/03/2010

A group of intrepid fundraisers from Aberdeen Airport have handed over a huge cheque for more than £14,000 to one of the country's leading age support charities.

The four who trekked the Great Wall of China earlier this year presented the cheque for £14,308 pounds to Age Scotland at the terminal.

Initially they hoped to raise £11,000 for the charity but had smashed that target by March - long before they even took on the challenge of a lifetime back in May.

The team consisted of Malcolm Brown (Security Operations Manager), Janice Mair (former HR Business Partner), Fraser Bain (Terminal Services Manager) and John Irvine (former Airport Police Inspector).

Speaking about the trip Malcolm Brown said "This really has been the experience of a life-time. I don't think any of us really appreciated how gruelling it would be, and it really took it out of us, but to complete the trek felt incredible.

"Not only was it a great opportunity to see one of the wonders of the world and trek through incredible scenery, we were all acutely aware of what our endurance was all about and the difference it would make to the local community. Our cash is going towards North-east projects, so everyone who donated locally knows the money will be spent locally."

Mr Brown added, "We have done a lot to get here but it has not just been our efforts, the whole airport community has come together to help us. We have seen staff getting their legs waxed in the terminal, we have done a sponsored cycle, some of the team even did a skydive in April to raise more cash.

"I can't tell you how much it means to us to see everyone come together like this and get behind such a great cause".

Suzy Gentle from Age Scotland said "This money will help local groups for the elderly and make a real difference. The interest of the fundraisers in the work of Age Scotland has been wonderful and we really appreciate their support.

"Age Scotland are delighted that the fundraisers from Aberdeen Airport chose our charity to support. They have obviously worked very hard to break their target and have raised a huge amount of money which will benefit local groups for the elderly".

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