More than forty industry professionals took part in the Big Westpoint Cycle Challenge recently raising a staggering £10,000 for Beatson Cancer Charity.

Leaving from Westpoint’s headquarters in Clarkston in Glasgow’s south-side, the cyclists covered a 53 mile challenging course.  Along the way the team called in at the company’s developments in Fenwick and Newton Mearns for fuel stops, before returning to the office for home-made curry and beer.

The Beatson Cancer Charity is Westpoint’s nominated charity of the year however, the Directors of Westpoint have been involved with the charity for many years and more recently it took on a different role.    The cyclists were set off on their challenge by Karen Murphy, the sister-in-law of Chairman Stephen Cullis, who is recovering from cancer having been diagnosed over a year ago.

Stephen said, “My wife, Anne, has been a volunteer for cancer charities for more than nine years but it was a real shock when Karen was diagnosed.  It’s such a horrific disease that seems to affect all families in some shape or form.  At these times you realise very quickly the vital role the Beatson plays in providing advice and support.  They are simply fantastic at what they do.

“I was really touched when so many people signed up for the cycle and we are so grateful for their generosity and support.  It was a tough course but great fun and we’re already planning to make it an annual event.”

First back were John Fowlie and Nik Carlton of Robertson Craig Chartered Accounts.  Prizes were awarded to Synergy Civil Engineering for the Most Money Raised; Craig Dickson raised the Most Money for an individual; Joe McGuinness received the prize for Slowest Rider; whilst Willie Hunt had the Heaviest Bike; and Worst Dressed went to Evan McKinnon.

Joyce Ross, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Beatson Cancer Charity, added: “We are extremely grateful to Westpoint Homes and everyone involved in the Big Westpoint Cycle Challenge. The whole event was fantastic and the sponsorship raised through everyone’s passion and dedication is overwhelming.

“On behalf of everyone at The Beatson, our sincere thanks to everyone involved at Westpoint Homes for such generous ongoing support for the Charity. Through our partnership with Westpoint Homes they have helped to raise thousands of pounds for Beatson Cancer Charity which will go a long way in helping people are affected by cancer both now and in the future.”

Westpoint Homes, which builds developments throughout the central Scotland, pledged to provide at least £100 from each house sale, hoping to raise £30,000 in total.

Beatson Cancer Charity supports and enhances the treatment, care and wellbeing of current and former cancer patients and their families. The charity delivers a wide range of specialist patient and family support services and provides significant funding to benefit those affected by cancer and to support those involved in cancer care and research. Working in partnership with the NHS and The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, the charity offers the wider community a unique opportunity to contribute to the fight against cancer.

The charity delivers specialist patient and family support services through its unique and award winning Wellbeing Centre, throughout The Beatson and at cancer treatment facilities across the west of Scotland.

It also provides funding for specialist staff, including nursing, radiography and research-based posts, as well as for novel research projects, educational initiatives, innovative service developments and enhanced medical equipment.