24 June 2019
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Scottish Water Team is Glastonbury Bound in Fundraising Challenge24 June 2019
Departing from the Fort William Top Up Tap, Scottish Water riders embark on fundraising cycle to Glastonbury to raise money for both Water Aid and the Highland Hospice
A team of 12 Scottish Water volunteers took to the saddle yesterday morning as they set off on a fundraising cycle from the Highlands to the Glastonbury festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
“This year we wanted to expand the challenge to incorporate some volunteering and Glastonbury offered the perfect opportunity for us to work directly with WaterAid.”Gary Noakes
Scottish Water Fundraiser
Before setting out from the Outdoor Capital of the UK, bound for one of the country’s largest outdoor events, the team took the chance to fill up at Scottish Water’s Top up Tap in the heart of Fort William. The team will be cycling over 500 miles on their journey to the world famous festival.
Raising funds along the way for both WaterAid and Highland Hospice, the team’s route will take them past a number of Scottish Water sites, including Balmore Water Treatment Works and both the Top Up Tap in Milngavie, marking the start of the West Highland Way, and the Tap located on Buchanan Street in Glasgow’s city centre.
Due to arrive after 3 long days on the road, the squad will then ditch the bikes and roll up their lycra sleeves to take up volunteering posts at the festival in WaterAid’s ‘Loo Crew’ where they will help keep the over 2500 toilets on site clean and tidy. Part of their role will also be to talk to festival-goers about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene worldwide.
WaterAid is one of the three main charities at Glastonbury alongside Greenpeace and Oxfam.
Scottish Water fundraiser Garry Noakes said: “This is the fifth time we have undertaken a cycle challenge to raise money for both WaterAid and Highland Hospice and we are all very excited to hit the road again. This year we wanted to expand the challenge to incorporate some volunteering and Glastonbury offered the perfect opportunity for us to work directly with WaterAid.
“We all feel very passionately about helping to raise much needed funds for these important charities that are doing incredible work, both locally and across the world. We hope to raise as much as we possibly can and are extremely grateful for the support we have been shown so far.”
The team has so far raised over £3500 and aims to continue to build this figure as the challenge progresses.
Updates on the team’s progress can be followed on Scottish Water’s North Twitter account @ScotWaterNorth.
To donate, search online for the ‘Blasto to Glasto’ JustGiving web pages.