Nats employees smash fundraising target after 500-mile cycle challenge

Eleven cyclists set off from the NATS office in Swanwick to cycle 500 miles
Eleven cyclists set off from the NATS office in Swanwick to cycle 500 miles
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Eleven Nats employees exceeded their fundraising target when they cycled 500 miles in five days for three different charities.

The team from the Nats information solutions department pedalled from the air traffic control centre in Swanwick to the Prestwick Centre, near Glasgow, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, Ayrshire Hospice and the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank.

The cyclists, who were assisted by a support team of four, had initially aimed to raise £6,000 but have been overwhelmed by donations and have now raised £8,501 to be split across the three organisations.

Gavin Walker, chief information officer at Nats, said: ‘It was such a huge challenge for the team.

‘Our determination has paid off and we’re proud that we could support the vital work of these charities.’

Philip Rutt, a volunteer at the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank, said: ‘In 2014 the Fareham and Gosport Food Bank provided food for over 4,000 adults and children in our community.

‘We are delighted that Nats are continuing to support us and are helping to make a difference to people facing short-run crises.’

In the last 12 months the basics bank has provided over 1,630 food parcels, feeding the equivalent of more than 3,200 people. 
They also provide support for rough sleepers.

Ron Swanson, assistant fundraising manager at Ayrshire Hospice, said: ‘The Ayrshire Hospice is truly indebted to Nats for their invaluable support, particularly over the past year when Nats Prestwick have raised over £37,000 in aid of the hospice.

‘The creativity, enthusiasm and dedication of staff within NATS is absolutely fantastic – support we never take for granted.

‘Every penny raised will be gratefully received by the patients and families at the hospice.’

The team are still taking donations on their justgiving site –