Charity support mulled over on island trek

Glasgow, 30 Jun 2016

As a way of ramping up community fundraising in Macquarie’s Glasgow office this year, a 13-strong group of staff completed a 13-mile sponsored walk on the Isle of Mull recently.

Located off the west coast of Scotland, Mull is the country’s fourth largest island, with a population of just under 3,000.

It holds a significant place in Macquarie Group’s history as the burial ground of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, with his tomb in Gruline preserved by both the National Trust of Scotland and the National Trust of Australia.

Macquarie’s Glaswegian staff travelled to Tobermory, the island’s capital, and then on to the Macquarie Mausoleum in Gruline by foot to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice, a Glasgow-based charity which provides specialist palliative care services.

“We had every season on the day and all sorts of roads to contend with on our journey from Tobermory to Gruline – main roads, grassy verges and lots of mud,” said Nicki Keegan, the Macquarie event organiser. “A few locals even stopped to ask if we wanted a lift as they had never seen anything like it.

“Everybody wanted to raise as much money as possible for St Andrew’s Hospice and we were kindly sponsored by clients, colleagues and friends to complete the walk, so the conditions weren’t going to stop us.”

With their mascots – a kangaroo and Scottish flag – proudly on display, the group took just over four hours to complete the walk raising more than £6,000 with Macquarie Group Foundation matching.

Image caption: The walking group stopping for a break on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.