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Tile firm’s charity bonanza

Section:  Lockerbie and Lochmaben, Moffat  | Tags:

STAFF at Lochmaben’s Russell Roof Tiles have danced, hiked, run and quizzed their way to raise £32,500 for charity.

Andrew Hayward (Centre) and the Lochmaben team presenting the cheque to Blood Bikes-2

The roof tile manufacturer em- ploys a team of 70 at their 11-acre Halleaths site, one of three manu- facturing sites in the UK with the other two in Burton on Trent.

Russell’s monies raised will be split equally between Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes and Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes.

Both are volunteer-led, providing lifesaving medical supplies across NHS foundations, by transporting vital blood products, organs for transplant and other life-critical supplies to local hospitals via motorbike.

With bases in Dumfries, Moffat and Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes is a charity that delivers essential blood samples and urgent medical supplies to support the NHS, between three hospitals and other healthcare sites in the area.

The money was raised by a wide range of fun and challenging fundraising activities, including a gruelling 72-mile hike across Hadrian’s Wall, a ballroom dancing competition “Dancing on the Tiles”, golfing activities and football matches.

Andrew Hayward, managing director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “I have been amazed and delighted to see the lengths that the staff have gone to this year across all our three sites.

“I also want to recognise the support of the families of our staff who have been a huge sup- port, also so many of our suppli- ers and friends of Russells across the country who have gone above and beyond this year. All to help these two amazing charities and their dedicated teams who work incredibly hard to provide a vital and lifesaving service.”

Dave Hook, chairman of Dum- fries and Galloway Blood Bikes said: “The support from the staff at Russell Roof Tiles is incredible, it makes such a massive differ- ence to the service we provide en- suring we have the funding to be able to keep the bikes on the road with valuable servicing and to be able to replace the bikes before the mileage takes its toll on them.

“We are proud to be supported by such a brilliant team at Russell Roof Tiles and work with them on some of the events they put on to raise funds.”

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