Fundraisers Torness staff ride out for veterans

Charity fundraisers, left to right, Edwin Wright, Kenny McNeil, Bobby Wright and Davie Lees.
Charity fundraisers, left to right, Edwin Wright, Kenny McNeil, Bobby Wright and Davie Lees.

KINDhearted staff from Torness Power Station have been getting on their bikes to help save a war veterans charity from closure.

Edwin Wright, Kenny McNeill and Davie Lees took up the challenge to cycle ‘home’ from Torness to Edinburgh, and raised more than £2,000 for the Mark Wright Project.

The charity was set up by Bob and Jem Wright, in memory of their son Corporal Mark Wright GC who was killed on duty in Afghanistan. The centre, which is self-financing, recently ran in to financial difficulties and Bob and Jem even considered selling their son’s medals, including the prestigious George Cross for bravery, to ensure its future.

On hearing the plight, Torness Insulation supervisor Edwin Wright, a good friend of the couple, decided to raise funds by cycling home to Edinburgh, a trip of around 35 miles.

Edwin said: “After I had the idea, I spoke to a couple of the guys at the station who cycle a lot, to ask their advice about the best route to take. Before long, they decided to join me and the fundraising really took off. The problem was, Kenny and Davie live in Dunbar, so they had to cycle back too!”

Many colleagues and friends started to hear about their fundraising efforts and soon the trio had raised more than £2,000.

Davie said: “It’s such a great cause, we couldn’t resist getting involved ourselves.

“We decided to really go for it, and raise as much as possible. If you are cycling 70 miles on a cold winter’s night, you want it to be worth your while! I want to thank all my generous colleagues at Torness who really dug deep to keep this great charity running.”

Bob Wright of the Mark Wright Project said: “It is fantastic. Eddie, Davie and Kenny’s cycle in the height of winter just highlights their commitment to supporting the work of the project.

“It was also great to hear about all the support they have received and the other fundraising activities their colleagues at EDF got involved in. We are so appreciative. The support from the public has been overwhelming. We have just managed to get some funding to develop an employability programme and housing support services to help get our guys back on track.”