Big-hearted team from Aberdeen-based PD&MS Energy has been gearing up for a gruelling two-day cycle event to raise money for a children’s charity.

news-saddle-upThe 18-strong group from the leading international engineering company are training for Ride the North, which will see them cycling the 170 miles from Inverness to Aberdeen in support of The ARCHIE Foundation.

The colleagues have been training for 22 weeks in preparation for the Grampian Highlands event on 29th and 30th August. Their goal is to raise £10,000 for ARCHIE, which is the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. This is the second time PD&MS Energy’s Director of Projects, Mark Lunney, has taken part in the Ride the North event. He said:

“This is a tough challenge and not a ride for the faint hearted. With the support of our workmates, families and friends, we are really focused on being able to go the distance and reach our target of £10,000 for The ARCHIE Foundation. 

We’ve been training as much as possible by getting together as a team after work every Thursday, and also clocking up the miles individually at weekends.

“After asking everyone in the office, we decided to support The ARCHIE Foundation as the work they do in and around the local communities is second to none. We’ve already raised close to £1,300 so far, which is giving us another great incentive to keep going and ultimately reach the target amount.”

Past donations to ARCHIE have helped the charity provide new equipment, specialist members of staff, advanced training and a family support programme. The charity works with the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, children’s wards in hospitals in Inverness and Elgin, as well as funding projects in community hospitals and in children’s homes.

PD&MS Energy projects team leader, Stuart Mitchell, has experienced the support of The ARCHIE Foundation first-hand. He said: “My son was admitted to Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital having difficulty breathing. It was discovered that he had a collapsed lung and had to undergo emergency surgery. The operation itself was a success but there were complications, causing it to collapse a second time. This meant he needed a second round of surgery straight away.

“Reiss was just 11 weeks-old at the time and remained in the high dependency unit for just under a fortnight. Fortunately he has made a full recovery, and was given the all clear after two years of aftercare.

“It was a really bad winter making travelling to the hospital very difficult for us. The Archie Foundation provides free accommodation for families across the hall from the high dependency ward which is equipped with a quiet room, kitchen and bedrooms. We can’t thank them enough for letting us make use of this space as we tried to get some light respite during this stressful situation.”

Cassie Thompson, director of fundraising at The ARCHIE Foundation said “This is a wonderful gesture from the PD&MS team, requiring a lot of hard work and dedication, and we are extremely grateful. The money raised will help us to make a big difference for sick children visiting Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, as Reiss and his family did. We wish the team a safe and success ride.”

There’s still time to pledge money to The ARCHIE Foundation and support the PD&MS Energy Ride the North team by visiting