12th July 2016 By Admin
Bob Taylor, known as Uncle Bob within the drinks industry, has helped raise over £3500 for The Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society (The BEN) after leading a team on an 80-mile charity cycle.
The event marked the 30th anniversary of Bob’s first cycling adventure for The BEN, when, with colleagues from Bell’s, he pedalled from Pitlochry to Brighton in 1986. With more than 30-years’ experience in the licensed trade, the keen cyclist undertook the challenge to support the range of services which The BEN provides for former and current workers who are facing difficulties.
The BEN delivers social, financial and emotional support to anyone who has worked full-time in the Scottish licensed trade for at least three years. The organisation also operates The BEN Pitlochry Estate, consisting of 18 bungalows which are rented at subsidised rates to its members.
This year’s cycle was a bit shorter than Bob’s efforts in 1986 but still proved a test, covering a challenging route from the charity’s estate in Pitlochry to Milngavie, via Dunblane and Buchlyvie. The industry veteran was joined on the day by eight other riders.
The group has raised more than £3500 and hopes the event will continue to grow in future years and provide a platform to raise awareness of The BEN’s work.
Bob said: “This year’s cycle was obviously much shorter than going to Brighton but I was a bit younger then so it was just as big a challenge for my legs!
“The support we received was superb and I’d like to extend particular thanks to the people at Molson Coors for their fundraising support and provision of post-cycle refreshments. We’re also extremely grateful to Dooleys Cycles in Paisley and the Garvie and Co restaurant in Milngavie for their kind donation of supplies for during and after the ride.
“The value of the work which The BEN does can’t be underestimated and it’s an organisation I’m proud to have supported for more than 30 years. It helps a lot of people from the licensed trade industry, regardless of their history or background. If you need help, then contact The BEN and it’ll do all that it can. New members and supporters are always welcome so don’t be shy about getting in touch.”
If you think The BEN may be able to provide support to you, or someone you know, please contact us via email or by calling 0141 353 3596.
Andrew Lawrence has been elected as the new president of the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society at the charity’s AGM