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first direct and HSBC employees triumph for ChildLine at grueling endurance challenge.

30 Jun 2011

Employees of first direct and HSBC took on a major endurance challenge to help raise over £20,000 for ChildLine. 

 The 60 employees who work across six of the firm's sites in the UK - including first direct in Hamilton, HSBC Hamilton and HSBC Edinburgh - took part in the annual Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge on 18 June 2011. 

Covering 55 miles of the spectacular Rob Roy Way, the team joined over 700 participants, who walked and ran 16 miles from Drymen, near Loch Lomond, north-east through the Trossachs to Callander, where they switched to bikes for a 39 mile cycle to Kenmore. 

Michaela Wright, Head of Corporate and Social Leadership from first direct , who took part in the event, said: "This is an amazing physical challenge and the weather was not on our side last weekend.  Our people walked, ran and cycled through torrential rain and the kind of mud you normally see at a festival.  Despite the horrid conditions, all our team agreed they'd do it again next year.  It's great to see our people coming together from across our organization to ensure ChildLine can be there for every child. " 

Sally Cameron, NSPCC head of local fundraising for Scotland, said: "The event is really tough so we are grateful to all the employees who took part and powered through the challenge on the day especially in the heavy rain!" 

She added: "The money raised will help to continue the work of the ChildLine service - making sure we are there for children whenever and wherever they need us."

The NSPCC is one of three charity partners to be benefiting from funds raised at this year's event.

To find out more information about the challenge visit:


For more information contact the NSPCC Scotland communications team on 0207 650 6767 (in Glasgow) or email



About the NSPCC:

The NSPCC is here to end cruelty to children in the UK by fighting for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and making them safe. 

We provide national services such as ChildLine and our Helpline for concerned adults to provide support for all children. Our local services focus on the most acute forms of abuse and the most vulnerable, highest risk children working in areas such as sexual abuse or children under one so that we can bring help, advice and treatment to children at risk or those who have been abused. 

For more information about the NSPCC visit

ChildLine - 0800 1111 /

NSPCC Helpline for adults worried about the welfare of a child - 0808 800 5000 /






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