Counting on a good run for rural needy

The EQ competitors are from left - Mark McColgan, Anna Coff, Robert Urquhart, Sarah Millar, team captain; and Kiera McDonald.
The EQ competitors are from left - Mark McColgan, Anna Coff, Robert Urquhart, Sarah Millar, team captain; and Kiera McDonald.

A team of four Angus accountancy staff is gearing up to compete in a gruelling challenge in the Scottish Highlands next month.

The quartet from EQ Accountants in Forfar will take part in the RSABI Great Glen Challenge on Friday, August 26.

In the area from Fort Augustus to Fort William, the event raises money for RSABI, which throws a lifeline to those who have worked in land-based occupations but have fallen on hard times. In the Forfar office many staff work with farms and other agricultural businesses.

Each member completes a different discipline, competing against other organisations and professionals from the agriculture sector.

Graeme Davidson, Partner in the Forfar office said: “On behalf of everyone at EQ, we wish our colleagues, who are training hard throughout the summer, the very best of luck with this tough challenge. Although the main aim is to have fun taking part, I’m certain that they will help raise a fantastic amount of money for this important cause.”

EQ competitors are Mark McColgan, 17km run; Robert Urquhart, 46km mountain bike ride; Anna Coff, 18km walk, and Kiera McDonald, making a splash in a 6km kayak race. Sarah Millar is team captain and support driver.

Dating back to 1897, RSABI, provides financial assistance, support and advice in confidence to those who have worked in Scotland in land-based occupations and who are suffering hardship.

Every year, RSABI helps hundreds of people with backgrounds in farming, crofting, forestry, horticulture, fish-farming, gamekeeping and estate work who, due to illness, disability, poverty or crisis, are unable to cope. RSABI relies on the generosity of its supporters - individuals, businesses and trusts - to ensure they can continue to provide effective relief.

In 2015, 25 teams took part, collectively raising over £62,000 for the charity.

To sponsor the team, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/EQAccountants or pop into any EQ office (Cupar, Dundee, Forfar or Glenrothes).