Aberdeen CEO pedals her way past £20,000 charity target

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Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility solutions expert headquartered in Aberdeen, has raised over £21,000 for four charities in just eight months.

Alison took on two momentous cycling challenges across three countries as part of activpayroll’s 2016 CSR campaign, #activAlison, raising funds for Women V Cancer, Maggie’s, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and Friends of Anchor.

In December, Alison crossed the finish line after completing a 450km cycle through Vietnam and Cambodia over six days in aid of Women V Cancer. Alison started her journey in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City and finished at the world heritage site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Accompanied on the trip by 83 other women from the UK, the team managed to raise a total of £325,000 for Women V Cancer.

In August, Alison took on Ride the North, a two day cycling challenge covering 281km through the Grampian Highlands, starting and finishing in the Aberdeenshire village of Rhynie. This was Alison’s second time taking part in Ride the North, having previously taken part in 2014 in aid of Maggie’s.

As well as these massive challenges, the activpayroll team has supported Alison by taking part in various fundraising events, including casual dress down days in the office, bake sales and a cyclothon at Sainsbury’s which saw the team raise over £800 thanks to generous public donations.

Team members in Edinburgh and Aberdeen donated their time by volunteering at Maggie’s centres, Chest Heart & Stroke boutiques and at the Friends of Anchor office. Various challenges were also completed in aid of Friends of Anchor, including the 26 mile Kilt Walk and Anchor Wipeout.

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, said: “When we first launched this CSR campaign, I knew I wanted to help as many people as possible and didn’t want to limit my efforts to helping just one charity. The Vietnam to Cambodia challenge was a life changing experience, I’d do it again in a heartbeat and although it was demanding, the inspiring stories of others got me through. I’ve received an overwhelming amount of support from customers, suppliers, family, friends and of course, the activpayroll team which has helped exceed the target and raise £21,437.”

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