Record-breaker Mark Beaumont lends support to £35k for kids

ADVENTURE cyclist Mark Beaumont has helped hand a £35,000 cheque from Edinburgh-based financial planning firm Carbon Financial to charity.

Gordon Wilson, managing director at Carbon Financial Partners, Mark Beaumont ambassador of Winning Scotland Foundation, Sir Bill Gammell Chairman of Winning Scotland Foundation, Mark Christie, Carbon Financial Partners. Picture: Contributed

The company undertook the challenge in aid of The Winning Scotland Foundation by completing a gruelling 500-mile cycle around the north coast of Scotland in five days.

The team were supported by Mark Beaumont, who is an ambassador for the charity.

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Mark and Sir Bill Gammell, former CEO of Cairn Energy and chairman of the charity Winning Scotland Foundation, received a cheque for £35,000 from Gordon Wilson, managing director of Carbon Financial Partners, in Edinburgh.

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The funds were presented to Winning Scotland Foundation, a charity that provides opportunities for young people to learn important skills for life through its work in schools, sport and communities.

Carbon Financial Partners, a financial planning and investment advice firm, raised the money through an arduous five-day cycle over 500 miles round the north coast of Scotland.

Ten riders, made up of Carbon employees and friends of the firm, cycled the mountainous route in September, enduring some poor weather conditions and numerous mechanical problems.

At the cheque presentation, Mark Beaumont talked about his own experience of cycle challenges as well as his work inspiring young people and his support for the charity.

He said: “Huge congratulations to the team from Carbon Financial for completing the challenge, a stunning but grueling route, and for their sterling efforts in support of Winning Scotland Foundation.”

Sir Bill Gammell also thanked the fundraising team, adding: “We are so grateful for this cheque for the fantastic sum of money raised by Carbon Financial Partners.

“The cycling team really devoted themselves to the physical and mental challenge. The funds raised will allow Winning Scotland Foundation to work with even more children across Scotland to help them to develop skills for life such as resilience, team work, confidence and leadership.”

The fundraising was supported by a number of large corporate donations from Maven Capital Partners, SARN Technologies, Johnston Smillie accountants, Craneware software specialists and Fifth Ring marketing agency.

Winning Scotland Foundation is an independent charity that is working to create a culture where all young people in Scotland have the opportunity to develop themselves and learn important life skills.

By using sport as a learning tool, we want to enable all young people, today and in the future, to be well-prepared for their lives ahead of them. We do this through researching and developing programmes, activities and projects and by influencing health, education and government.

Carbon Financial Partners Limited is one of the UK’s leading independent financial planning, pensions and investment advice firms. Carbon was named Chartered Financial Planners of the Year 2015 and has won the Gold Standard for Independent Financial Advice in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

At Carbon, the rule is to put our clients’ interests first at all times. Our aim is to be the best, not the biggest, to ensure that our clients always benefit from advice and service that is second to none.