Macrae & Dick are showing their support to an ambitious fundraising cycle for Highland Hospice in the form of support vehicles throughout the event.

The car dealer group are providing support vehicles for the ‘Everest Highland Cycle,’ a five day charity cycle across the Highlands which takes place this month. A group of 22 brave local businessmen and woman are going to take cycle 380miles and over 25,500ft in ascent- the equivalent of Everest!- in just five days.

The fundraisers will set off from Wick on Tuesday 26th May and cycle to Durness, Ullapool, Broadford on the Isle of Skye, Fort William and then back to Highland Hospice on Saturday 30th May. They have been throwing themselves into training, and have set themselves an incredible £100k fundraising target for the hospice rebuild appeal.

The team is made up of: Norman Macdonald, Kenny Riddle, Iain McGilvray, Willie Gray (pictured), Kenny Steele (pictured), Colin Burke, Steven McRitchie,

Ross Macdonald, Derick Macleod, Fiona Grist, Iain MacFarlane, Jeni Alexander, Stuart Grant, Marjory Grant, Rosalind Catto, Gary Catto, Angela Brunton, Keith McCaffery, Colin Grant, Graham Blair, Donnie Ross and Willie Kennedy.

Andrew Grzesinski, Group Managing Director, Macrae & Dick Ltd said ‘We are pleased that we can support the Highland Hospice with their Everest Highland Cycle Challenge. We wish the team all the best with their challenge.

Kenny Steele, Highland Hospice Chief Executive who is taking part in the challenge, said:

“We are extremely grateful for Macrae & Dick’s support, it keeps our costs at a minimum, which allows more money to go directly to rebuilding Highland Hospice.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support shown to the cycle so far and it is now only a couple of weeks away so preparations are almost complete. The amount of money raised for our Project Build Appeal has been incredible and the team are all excited- and a little nervous- to get underway.”

Highland Hospice launched the Project Build Appeal to raise the funds required to rebuild their inpatient unit on their riverside site in Inverness.

By rebuilding, the hospice will be able to double the size of the current inpatient unit, upgrade their day therapy centre, and increase space for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and bereavement support. The new building will house more single rooms, all of which will be much larger in size, and a quiet sanctuary room for patients and families to find a space for quiet contemplation. There will also be more space for families to relax during the day and stay overnight when required, and the scope to develop virtual hospice services which will help extend the reach of hospice care throughout the Highlands.

The fundraising target for the Project Build Appeal is £4.5m, which is in addition to the regular fundraising needed to provide the day-to-day hospice services. Earlier this month the appeal reached an important milestone, with £3m having being raised, leaving a further £1.5m to go.

Building work is due to start in June 2015 and it is estimated to take around 14 months to complete. Fundraising will continue throughout the build period. Hospice services will continue to run throughout the build period from both the County Community Hospital in Invergordon, where the inpatient unit will be based, and the Cradlehall Business Park, Inverness, where the day services and bereavement support team will be based.

To support the Everest Highland Cycle team please visit.