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On track to make a visible difference

By Laurna Woods

Team building is one of the most important investments a company can make.

But it doesn’t have to involve expensive days away, building rafts and learning outdoor survival techniques.

Our staff running club Beattie Beats has proved a popular pastime. It not only encourages a healthy body - while clearing a busy mind - but it instils a sense of achievement outside of the office which brings the team closer together.

Set up in March this year, members train every Thursday afternoon from our Glasgow office. And now their efforts are proving a benefit to a very worthwhile cause.

I joined the Beattie Beats team for its first 10k – the Rouken Glen 10k - which was sponsored by our client Specsavers.

Since Specsavers is supporting the charity Visibility through this event, we decided we would too.

Our Beattie runners – Kenny Angove, Jennifer Lee, Joanne Spence, Maria Smith, David Walker, Douglas Mackay and myself – raised more than £180 in staff donations, and an additional £300 from friends and colleagues.

Beattie’s president and founder Gordon Beattie has pledged to match-fund all staff donations. So once we've factored in Gift Aid, we’re on track to raise roughly £700 for a great charity, which assists people affected by sensory loss all around the west of Scotland.

Considering it was a cold, wet day and we were running a challenging, hilly course, our team did well. Our leader and keen runner Kenny managed to get round in about 45 minutes.

Others took a little longer – but we were just glad to reach the finish line!