Glenrothes garage manager to trek 96 miles for charity

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A team of Kwik Fit centre managers are facing a real challenge of their fitness as they take on the gruelling 96 miles of the West Highland Way in aid of Air Ambulances UK, the company’s charity partner.

Rhys Thomson, manager of Kwik Fit Glenrothes, has joined five other colleagues to tackle the long distance trail which runs from Milngavie to Fort William.

The intrepid six set off from Kwik Fit’s Milngavie centre, located just a few metres from the start of the trail, and will be spending six days on the trail, with five nights under canvas, with the aim of raising money to support Air Ambulances UK.

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Air Ambulances UK raises money for all the air ambulance charities across the UK, as well as increasing awareness of the work they do. The air ambulance services receive very little government funding with almost all their missions funded through donations. In Scotland the air ambulance team responds to around three emergency call outs per day with its helicopters and rapid response vehicles.

Rhys Tomson (front) and the Kwik Fit team are walking 96 miles to support Air Ambulances UK.Rhys Tomson (front) and the Kwik Fit team are walking 96 miles to support Air Ambulances UK.
Rhys Tomson (front) and the Kwik Fit team are walking 96 miles to support Air Ambulances UK.

The group taking on the challenge comprises Kwik Fit master managers who lead teams in centres from Glasgow to Glenrothes. The six are: Rhys Thompson, based at Kwik Fit Glenrothes; Gregg Lang (Glasgow Titwood Road); Shaun McLernon (East Kilbride): Gary Stevenson (Hamilton) and Ryan Maunder (Stirling), with the team completed by Jason Barry, regional network manager.

Jason said: “Our jobs keep us all pretty active, but taking on the West Highland Way is going to reveal how fit we really are. We’ve all been getting some training miles under our belts and are confident we can make it – although we are relying on the weather gods to smile on us.

“The air ambulance teams across the UK do an amazing job and we are really proud to be supporting their work. We want to raise as much money as we can, but also highlight the invaluable service they provide.”

Anyone wishing to support the team’s efforts can donate through their fundraising page or via any of the centres’ webpages at kwik-fit.com

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