Legal eagles rise to the challenge

Some of the Pagan Osborne staff who took part in Beat the Borders. (L-R Carly Thomson, Euan Glasgow, Louise McLachlan, Michelle Hardie, Jennifer Lowry, Steph Pratt, Ross Whitaker and Sarah Thurston)

Some of the Pagan Osborne staff who took part in Beat the Borders. (L-R Carly Thomson, Euan Glasgow, Louise McLachlan, Michelle Hardie, Jennifer Lowry, Steph Pratt, Ross Whitaker and Sarah Thurston)

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Staff at a legal firm’s north east Fife offices have shown steely determination to beat a gruelling challenge.

An 11-strong team from Pagan Osborne in St Andrews, Cupar and Anstruther recently took part in Beat the Borders for its nominated charity CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland).

The 12-hour event included a 40-mile cycle, an 18-mile hike and various adventure challenges, starting and finishing in Melrose and looping through the local area, including Kelso and Roxburgh.

Four people did the entire challenge, with the other seven joined them for the hike.

Jennifer Lowry, HR Manager at Pagan Osborne and the company’s Make A Difference team champion, took part in the event. said: “For many of us, this was the first time we had ever done anything like this.

“There was blood, sweat and tears on the day but in the end we were all very proud of our achievement. It’s a great feeling to complete the challenge, but it’s even better knowing we did so for such a fantastic cause.”

The fundraising total currently sits at £1915, with those who took part still adding contributions and the target to reach is £5500.

All funds raised will go directly to CHAS to support the charity’s providing hospice services for babies, children, young people and their families in Scotland.

Criona Knight, Corporate and Events Fundraiser at CHAS, said: “It was fantastic to have so many of the Pagan Osborne team taking part in our Beat the Borders event.

“It is a tough event and they all approached it with determination and smiles on their faces.

“We are extremely grateful for the money they raised in sponsorship and I think we can definitely say they worked for their money. We’re looking forward to next year’s event and hope that some of the Pagan Osborne team will bring their grit and determination with them again.”

The company regularly holds fundraisers for CHAS, such as bake sales, tuck shops and team lunches in its Edinburgh and Fife offices.

The following people took part in the challenge: cycling and hiking – Sarah Thurston, Euan Glasgow, Steph Pratt and Ross Whittaker; hiking – Louise McLachlan, Jennifer Lowry, Michelle Hardie, Carly Thomson, Angela Robins, Sharon Bowman and Chris Duff.

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/POBeatTheBorders.