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Two Williamson Foodservice staff took to Highland roads recently as part of a £100,000 Everest themed fund raiser for the Highland Hospice. The north charity is the only facility serving adults with incurable, life limiting diseases in the Highlands and Islands.

Managing Director Gary Williamson and Field Sales Representative Andy Barbour represented Williamson Foodservice on the Everest Highlander Cycle Challenge during 11th – 16th September, raising over £10,000 between them. They each covered 430 miles, climbing the height of Everest (29,300ft) during the six day event that took in many towns and villages around the Highlands and Skye including Brora, Wick, Thurso, Durness, Kylesku, Ullapool, Achnasheen, Broadford, Fort William and finishing in Inverness.

Gary and Andy have been fund raising over the past nine months with several events including one day indoor cycling sessions in the Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness as well as a local supermarket and an outdoor sports store.

Other activities have included running a tombola at the Nairn Highland Games, selling raffle tickets and highlighting the Challenge and work of the Highland Hospice to customers and suppliers of Williamson Foodservice who have made significant financial contributions. These include:

  • Peck & Strong
  • Rich Sauces
  • Confex Ltd
  • Central Supplies
  • J & P Brogan
  • George Jackson
  • Applecross Hotel
  • Heathmount Hotel
  • Kenneth Morrison Ltd, Gairloch
  • The Cottage Bar & Restaurant
  • Robert Graham
  • Northern Recycling
  • Team Focus
  • Munro & Noble
  • John Fraser
  • Macintyre Findon Farms
  • AJ Beattie
  • JFK Partnership
  • PMH Coachbuilders
  • Repsol Sinopec Resources UK


Andy and Gary have also received generous support from friends and relatives as well as other members of staff at Williamson Foodservice who have dug deep to help them towards their fundraising targets.

Williamson Foodservice made significant contributions towards the running of the event in the form of food and drink supplies which kept all 24 cyclists and several support crew fuelled over the six days of cycling.

With the final figure still climbing, the combined target of £100,000 looks set to be well exceeded allowing the Highland Hospice to continue with their sterling work. A big and heart felt thank you goes out to Gary, Andy and everyone else who organised, took part or contributed financially or with their time towards this very worthwhile cause.

If you are reading this and would like to make a late final donation, click here to contribute to either Gary or Andy’s (or both!) Every Day Hero pages. Thank you!

For further information about the work of Highland Hospice: