Whyte & Mackay goes the extra mile (or 50,000 miles!) – Scotch Whisky News

Whyte & Mackay goes the extra mile (or 50,000 miles!) to raise

£114,841 for mental health charities

Employees at Glasgow based Whyte & Mackay have completed a mammoth virtual adventure taking them around the world twice in aid of mental health charities.

A team of 200 employees walked, ran, rowed or cycled, totting up enough miles to go around the world twice. The challenge started in July with the initial goal to travel around the world only once. This week (6 October) the epic challenge drew to a close after the team clocked up 50,000 miles.

The challenge – Whyte & Mackay Cares – was inspired by the feats of Sir Captain Tom Moore, and has raised £114,841 for mental health charities around the world nominated by the team.

Employees based in Canada, USA, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UAE, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain and Russia took part in the challenge alongside their UK-based colleagues to raise money for charity and support their colleagues through a challenging and uncertain time for everyone.

Nick Garland, for Whyte & Mackay said: “We’re incredibly proud of the team and pleased with the total fundraising figure from Whyte & Mackay Cares.

“The challenge came about as a way to bring the team together virtually and encourage people to stay physically and mentally healthy during a very uncertain time.

“Charities like SAMH have been providing vital support to people who have been struggling and we are delighted to go some way in helping this continue.”

Jo Anderson, Director of External Affairs at SAMH, said: “Lockdown and beyond has been such a difficult time for most, and for many people it has exacerbated challenges that they were already facing.

“We’d like to thank the whole team at Whyte & Mackay for their incredible fundraising efforts: they will really help us to continue to provide support to those in our communities who need it.” 

To mark the end of the challenge and on the week of World Mental Health Day, the team at Whyte & Mackay had a virtual event to bring everyone together and hand the cheque of £93,632 over to Billy Watson, Chief Executive at SAMH.

SAMH has a dedicated Coronavirus mental health information hub for anyone looking for help or support during the pandemic, which can be found on its website – https://www.samh.org.uk/coronavirus

Find out more and look back on the team’s challenge by following them on Instagram @WhyteandMackayCares / #WhyteandMackayCares.

About Whyte & Mackay Group Ltd.

Whyte & Mackay was founded in Glasgow in 1844, and today celebrates its 175th anniversary with a multi-award-winning portfolio of brands which includes The Dalmore, Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn whiskies alongside its namesake Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky.

The award-winning whisky makers are proud partners of Flor de Caña, Camus and RumChata distributing their distinctive brands in the UK, while in recent years their focus on pioneering innovation has seen them reveal a plethora of brand extensions and new to world brands. From an exclusive 50 Year-Old Highland Single Malt from The Dalmore celebrating the career of Master Distiller Richard Paterson to a full range revamp on Jura. In the last twelve months, more than five new brands have been revealed, to name a few – Shackleton, Woodsman, and Wildcat, as well an independent boutique bottling arm The Whisky Works, fronted by whisky maker, Gregg Glass.

The global spirits business is headquartered in the heart of Glasgow, and employs over 500 people around the globe, across five international offices, five distilleries and a state-of-the-art bottling plant in Scotland.

Today, with the support of its owners Emperador Inc,. Whyte & Mackay is building a progressive, passionate and ambitious company for the future. Emperador is a subsidiary of Alliance Global Group, Inc (an international conglomerate listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange). 

About SAMH

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.   Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.  These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

Visit www.samh.org.uk or follow @SAMHTweets, SAMHmentalhealth on Facebook and samhscotland on Instagram for more information.

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