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After a mammoth 7 day trek to conquer Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a team from SPAR Scotland have exceeded expectations when they aimed to raise £20,000 but instead rose over £50,000 for Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation and Maggie’s Cancer Centres.

The team consisted of Susan Hutchison (owner of the SPAR store in Scone) and Dundee based CJ Lang & Son Ltd colleagues Graham Murdoch, Jamie Buchanan and SPAR customer John Evans. The team scaled Africa’s highest mountain after months of gruelling training and meticulous preparation for the elements including freezing temperatures and biting winds. Money was raised through collection buckets placed in stores throughout Scotland and also via personal donations.

Jamie Buchanan stated ‘The fantastic work of Maggie’s and Edinburgh Sick Kids inspired us to do something out of the ordinary to raise funds for these terrific charities. We are completely overwhelmed by the response from our families, friends, colleagues and customers, and to raise over £50,000 gave us that extra motivation to get to the summit.’ With Graham adding ‘The support and sacrifice by our families and the support from the company has been outstanding. We feel extremely privileged and proud to have been able to represent SPAR Scotland and the charities at the highest point in Africa’

Katy Sandford from Edinburgh’s Sick Kids commented “We are extremely proud of Jamie, John, Graham and Susan for completing this incredible feat, and blown away by their inspirational fundraising total. The money the SPAR team has raised will make a huge difference to the wellbeing and comfort of the 100,000 children who pass through the doors of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh every year, and we hope their story will inspire other fundraisers to take on this ‘once in a life time’ challenge”