Glasgow, August 31st – A group of property agents from Cushman & Wakefield has raised more than £16,000 so far in memory of a much loved colleague who tragically died at the age of just 27.
The company’s Scottish staff, along with clients, took part in The Rob Worboys Arran Challenge on Thursday 25th August, cycling 57 miles round the entire island of Arran then climbing 874m to the peak of Goat Fell, the highest point on the island.
Normally a two day adventure, teams took from six and a half hours to nine hours to complete the challenge. The winning team from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP took home a special Rob Worboys Challenge Quaich.
The money raised from the event will go to Rob’s family’s nominated charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and will be used to screen young people and raise awareness of cardiac conditions such as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). Every week 12 young people die unexpectedly from a heart condition they didn’t know they had.
Rob, who passed away in January, was a keen sportsman and played American Football for East Kilbride Pirates, taking part in trials for the GB team.
Oliver Barron, who worked alongside Rob in Cushman’s Edinburgh office and helped organise the event, said: “To say that Rob was outgoing is a massive understatement and in his memory only a suitably ridiculous challenge would do. Rob was very active and played American football to a high level and he would have loved to have taken part in the Arran Challenge.
“It was a terrific day and we are so touched that so many people took part and donated money in Rob’s memory. He was a very special person and is greatly missed by everyone at Cushman & Wakefield.”
Ian Worboys, Rob’s father said: “I know that Rob would be truly thrilled at what has been done in his name and that so many other lives will be saved by his premature death.”
Donations are still flooding in to the fund and Cushman & Wakefield has pledged to match pound for pound the final total raised.
David Davidson, Chair of Scotland, Partner Capital Markets Group at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Every penny raised has the potential to make a huge impact on young people’s lives, and those lives affected by sudden bereavement.
“Rob was a fantastic young man with an incredibly bright future ahead of him and packed more into his short years than many people do in a lifetime.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped organise the event and those that gave up their spare time to take part in the challenge. It was a wonderful day and a great tribute to Rob.”
To donate to the fund www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CWRobWorboysArranChallenge