SimpsInns Lockdown Challenge raises over £17,000 for frontline heroes
Posted on 26 May 2020
The family-owned SimpsInns Group and their team completed a 100-kilometre 21-day Lockdown Challenge to help raise over £17,000 for key frontline heroes, the NHS and local Ayrshire charities.
And £3,000 of the funds raised has been generously donated to North Ayrshire Council’s community support hub network,with £1,000 going to the Redburn, Vineburgh and Fullarton community support hubs.
With over 100 staff members taking part including colleagues from The Gailes Hotel and Si! Bar:Restaurant, the team first came up with the idea as a way of keeping in touch and encouraging each other to keep active during the pandemic.
Successfully raising funds for Ayrshire frontline heroes and local charities during to support them through the Covid-19 crisis, it was a challenge embraced by all, including SimpsInns owners Karen and Malcolm Simpson, their sons Lee and Jack and partners and of course their dog Maggie!
“What started out as a bit fun, quickly gathered momentum and here we are with a wonderful total raised that will hopefully help towards some very worthy Ayrshire causes at this difficult time,” explained Karen Simpson.
“Our team really bought into the Lockdown Challenge and were so encouraging of each other. It was great for team spirit and morale while we all got our daily exercise. We’re really proud of everyone’s efforts.
“More importantly, it was our small way of saying thank you to all the Ayrshire Heroes, the key frontline workers at the NHS and elsewhere, who continue to give their all to help keep the rest of us safe.
“We hope some of the local Ayrshire charities can also benefit too for it is times like these that community spirit really comes to the fore.”
Individuals and their families took to the challenge with gusto. Some got the trainers on and clocked up the miles, others clicked into their pedals and cycled, while others walked as family members from the same households also got involved.
And in the last three weeks, team members and Gailes gym members were invited to take on the challenge and help raise funds through the company’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simpsinns-ayrshire-scotland1
A target of £1,500 was set on their JustGiving Page with funds going direct to the NHS Ayrshire & Arran Health Board.
However, the team smashed the target to raise over £2,000. And if the team met their £1,500 target, Karen and Malcolm promised to donate a further £15,000 to help other Ayrshire charities.
All monies will now go to NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Whiteleys Retreat, Ayr, North Ayrshire Cancer Care, Centre Stage in Kilmarnock, North Ayrshire Council’s community support hubs and the North Ayrshire Food Bank Community Group.
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, has been volunteering via the Irvine community support hub. She said: “Thank you to SimpsInns and their dedicated staff members for their generous donation.”
“It is so inspiring to see the team at SimpsInns support not only the Council’s community efforts, but providing vital fundraising support to the NHS, local charities and Ayrshire’s frontline heroes.
“My extended thanks go to selfless volunteers and staff members of our community support hubs network who are continuing to do everything possible to provide support and a means of connection to people most in need throughout North Ayrshire as we navigate our way through the community challenges of the coronavirus.”
Together with the Council’s Facilities Management teams, the community hubs will continue to work in partnership with North Ayrshire Foodbank to provide food provision and support to families and vulnerable shielding residents during the pandemic.
If you live in North Ayrshire and you are in an emergency situation and are having trouble accessing food, medicine or supplies, please contact your local community hub. Contact details for can be found here.