Bison Precast sales adviser ran 220 miles with friend for charity
Bison Precast Area Sales Manager Gary Bell ran 220 miles in seven days with his childhood friend to raise money for charity, following the life-saving surgery of his friend’s son.
Along with his friend Corporal Andy Price, a Weapons Technician with the RAF, he ran 32 miles a day across the Great Glen Way in Scotland at the end of May 2018, from Lossiemouth to Ronald MacDonald House in Glasgow. Ronald MacDonald House is a charity which provides free accommodation to parents when their children are hospitalised.
The pair made the epic run to raise money for the charity and thank them for the support Andy received when his son, Callum, was ill. Following his birth at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin in 2016, Callum had to be airlifted to the Royal Children’s hospital in Glasgow for an operation to save his life.
Following the operation, baby Callum was in hospital for three months. During this period, Callum’s parents were able to stay at Ronald MacDonald House.
Andy said, “The trauma of the events with Callum, coupled with him being in hospital over 200 miles away from home was naturally a struggle. But the stress and upheaval was made infinitely easier by the work of Ronald MacDonald House in Glasgow.
“Gary and I wanted to support this charity, and the long distance run seemed like a really good challenge for us both. It’s not something either of us have done before, and it wasn’t be easy. Hopefully people will be supportive of us and the charity”.
Andy and Gary raised £3,805 for Ronald MacDonald House. Each year Ronald MacDonald House provides help to more than 7,000 families with hospitalised children.
Gary, who is based at Bison Precast works in Hoveringham, said, “Andy and I have known each other since school, and we’ve run a few marathons together for various causes, but this is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced. He asked if I wanted to do it and I was very happy to take part. My work colleagues supported us by generously donating to the cause.”
For more information about the Ronald MacDonald House charity, visit www.rmhc.org.uk/