Edinburgh 15th June 2021- Greg McAllister, an employee at leading industrial software provider Asset Guardian Solutions Limited (AGSL), recently embarked on a 1000 mile cycle from John O’ Groats to Lands’ End, helping the company raise over £3000 for its corporate charity partner, SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health).
Greg, an enthusiastic cyclist, decided to combine his passion with the company’s annual fundraising campaign to support SAMH and raise awareness of Scotland’s mental health and wellbeing challenge.
“Mental health is something that has always been there and during the last two lockdowns I have noticed how important it is to talk about it and not to shy away from it. With AGSL partnering with SAMH, I felt that it was a good time to set myself a goal. I have wanted to try some sort of endurance challenge for a while and during lockdown I was able to increase my running and cycling to a level that I felt I would be able to complete a multi-day challenge” said McAllister.
“Each day was tough, with poor weather conditions and minor injuries and so I took it slow and steady but the fundraising campaign helped me keep focused. Luckily arriving at Lands’ End was nice and sunny to finish off! I’d like to thank Asset Guardian for the support they gave me before and during the cycle.”
Greg who is a reigning world champion bagpiper, was backed by sponsors AGSL, McCallum Bagpipes, MG Reeds and The Rollin Drones, who supported Greg in raising awareness of the charity and its national mental health programme.
Iain Rennie, Operations Director at AGSL said: “Everyone at AGSL is very proud of Greg and his dedication in completing this challenge. His achievement in cycling the full length of the country should not be underestimated, especially doing it solo without other riders to take some of the load. And of course the fundraising effort for our partner SAMH, where Greg’s contribution should help us break through our target for this year.”
Fiona Lewis, Corporate Partnerships Manager at SAMH said: “All of us at SAMH are delighted to be Asset Guardian’s charity partner. It’s fantastic that the staff have decided to make mental health their cause. Greg’s achievement is incredible and we cannot thank him enough for showing SAMH and the mental health cause such tremendous support and dedication. The funds raised by Greg, and by colleagues throughout our partnership, will fund crucial mental health support for people across Scotland – a huge thank you from everyone at SAMH.”
SAMH and Scotland’s Mental Health Challenge
SAMH is Scotland’s mental health charity and provides local mental health support and accessible information. SAMH listens to what matters in each local community, and campaign nationally for the changes that make the big and little differences in life. Now more than ever, SAMH need to make change happen. SAMH are standing up for Scotland’s mental health. It costs just £20 to run one support session with SAMH, where the charity can spend time with someone to help them in their recovery from mental ill health.
SAMH is committed to supporting Scotland’s mental health, especially during this difficult time. and have created a dedicated online information hub, providing for advice and information on protecting your mental health during these developments. Visit www.samh.org.uk/coronavirus.
For more information on SAMH, please visit www.samh.org.uk.
Asset Guardian Solutions Limited
Asset Guardian Solutions Limited specialises in protecting and securing industrial process software and is an official corporate partner for SAMH. All year round, employees strive to raise awareness of mental health by supporting the charity through fundraising campaigns. With positive mental health being part of the company’s corporate culture, it hopes to raise awareness of mental health challenges together with SAMH. For more information on AGSL, please visit www.assetguardian.com.
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