Mactaggart & Mickel Group go the distance for Beatson Cancer Charity

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Mactaggart & Mickel Group employees today (19 August 2016) braced the rain and swam the equivalent width of Loch Lomond as part of an outdoor charity swim challenge to raise funds for Beatson Cancer Charity.

Led by open-water competitive swimmer Mark Deans (20), who is currently sponsored by Mactaggart & Mickel Group, nine employees worked as part of a relay team to cover over 421 pool-lengths and hit the Loch Lomond target (8 kilometres).

Going the distance for the cancer charity, the team, including Mactaggart & Mickel Group chief executive Ed Monaghan and director Andrew Mickel, took to the cold waters of the outdoor pool at David Lloyd Heath Club in Anniesland, with club members cheering them on.

Commenting on the team’s success, Ed Monaghan said: “I am thrilled with all the team for putting in such an amazing effort – it wasn’t in the murky waters of Loch Lomond itself, but for a bunch of people who aren’t long distance swimmers, we did a fantastic job.

“Special thanks have to go to Mark for keeping us all on track – and in check! Everyone involved should be very proud of this extraordinary achievement, investing time and effort to help Beatson Cancer Charity continue its incredible work, helping not only cancer patients and their loved ones but also the staff based at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and facilities across the west of Scotland.”

Donations are still to be tallied to form the final fundraising total. Speaking about the fundraising efforts, David Welch, chief executive of Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We are honoured to be the chosen charity for Mactaggart & Mickel Group’s charity swim challenge.

“This is an incredibly generous donation from the company and I’d like to send my sincere thanks to all of the team for their incredible achievement. Their generosity will have a direct impact on thousands of cancer patients and their families, both now and in the future, through the dedicated work of the charity.”

Mark Deans added: “Mactaggart & Mickel Group does a lot for Scotland and local communities. I feel so honoured to have the support of such a respected company and be involved in this challenge.”

Mactaggart & Mickel Group has a long history of supporting young talent, from local teams, schools and groups to its sponsorship of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ hopeful swimmer Jordan Hughes. The company also recently announced its sponsorship of one of the UK’s leading Paralympic swimmers, Andrew Mullen, who is representing Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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