Trio are the wheel deal

Gillian Pratt on bike with colleagues Graeme Stewart and Alex Cooke
Gillian Pratt on bike with colleagues Graeme Stewart and Alex Cooke

a KIRKCALDY woman persuaded two of her workmates to join her on a sponsored cycle between Inverkeithing and Whitburn.

And between them the trio raised over £950 for the Rainbow Trust, a charity which provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

Gillian Pratt (29), who lives in the town’s Dunnikier Estate, was joined by work colleagues Alex Cooke and Graeme Stewart who work at U-Pull-It Limited, a sister company of Copart UK Limited, in Inverkeithing.

And, despite torrential rain falling the whole time they did the cycle, the group completed the 22 mile cycle ride from their workplace in Inverkeithing to the Copart UK facility in Whitburn in under two hours.

The three colleagues organised the cycle ride to raise money and awareness of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity as part of Copart UK’s support of the charity in 2012 through the I Love Claims ‘Big Charity Challenge.’

Gillian, who works as a customer service representative, said: “We had originally decorated our bikes with posters and stickers to raise awareness of the Rainbow Trust and why we were doing the cycle ride.

“However, with the weather conditions as they were, they did not last the distance.

“We arrived at Whitburn looking like drowned rats, but we thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Copart UK has committed to support the Big Charity Challenge throughout 2012.

Nigel Paget, managing director of Copart UK, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting this worthy cause and have many exciting fundraising activities taking place in our facilities across the country this year.

“I am looking forward to seeing how much money we can raise across the company through the generosity of our colleagues and customers.”

Louise Bingham, Rainbow Trust corporate partnerships manager, added: “We’re delighted that Copart is supporting the I Love Claims ‘Big Charity Challenge’.

“Rainbow Trust relies on fundraising for 95 per cent of its income so the support of companies like Copart UK is vital for us to carry on supporting families when they need it most.”