The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Athletics legend Steve Cram delivers cash boost for Ayrshire Hospice from Clydesdale Bank and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Athletics legend Steve Cram MBE visited Ayr last week, presenting Ayrshire Hospice with a donation of more than £11,500 from Clydesdale Bank and the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.  

The majority of the money, £9,558, was raised by the annual Clydesdale Bank /Elite Ayrshire Business Circle Charity Golf Day earlier this year. The event, held at Turnberry, attracts support from businesses across Ayrshire and in the last six years has raised more than £59,000 for Ayrshire Hospice.  

A further £1,949 was raised by staff from the Bank’s branch in Ayr through a series of events including a sponsored trek round Cumbrae, a baking sale and a book club.  

Steve Cram, in his role as ambassador for Clydesdale Bank, presented representatives from the Hospice with a cheque at the Bank’s Ayr branch. The Ayrshire Hospice provides palliative care services to patients and their families from across the region.  

In acknowledging the donation, Anne Drennan, assistant fundraising manager at the Ayrshire Hospice, spoke of the importance of the business community to the hospice. Anne said: “We really value this support from Clydesdale Bank, the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and business leaders in Ayrshire.  
“Business events and partnerships like this play an important part in funding the highest level of care we can provide for patients across Ayrshire.”  

Earlier in the day the former world champion, who won gold in the 800m and 1500m at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, spoke to an audience of students at Ayrshire College.  

Steve recounted experiences from his long career as an athlete and broadcaster, passing on tips on how to be successful in the sports industry and why planning and prioritising are essential for reaching your goals.  

Heather Dunk, principal of Ayrshire College, said: “Our College is all about raising aspirations and inspiring achievement so who better than a top athlete to encourage and motivate our students to reach their goals.   

“I am sure they will have picked up some great advice today. When they look back at their time at college this will be one of their most memorable experiences.”  

Steve Cram MBE is regarded as one of the finest middle distance runners of all time, setting world records throughout the 1980s and winning silver over 1500m at the 1984 Olympics. His winning 800m time at the 1986 Commonwealth Games still stands as a Games record and cannot be beaten until they return to Scotland next year.   

David Jellema, private banking manager at Clydesdale Bank’s Ayr Business and Private Banking Centre, said: “Welcoming a sporting legend like Steve Cram here has been a pleasure and a truly memorable occasion. We are particularly pleased that he was able to play a part in presenting the results of our fundraising efforts to Ayrshire Hospice, which provides a valuable service for the local community. 

“We would like to thank everyone from the Ayrshire business community who supported our golf day and fundraising events for Ayrshire Hospice throughout the year.  

“Steve has great experience over many years, first as a top athlete then commentator and businessman, and hopefully he has passed some of that on to the Ayrshire College students, inspiring them for the future.”  

Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Bank Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and, as one of Scotland’s largest banks, has a proud history of innovation and support for industry and communities across the UK.

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