Scotch Whisky Collection Goes Under The Hammer For Charity

04 Apr 2013

SWA Raising More Funds For Macmillan Cancer Support and Water Aid

Glasgow auctioneer McTear's is holding a charity auction on 17 April to bolster the fundraising efforts of an intrepid group of Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) staff.  

Last year, the SWA team cycled to all 107 distilleries across Scotland to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support Scotland and WaterAid. The fundraising was part of the SWA's Centenary celebrations.

Staff at McTear's are supporting the cause by auctioning the extensive range of bottles that were donated to the cyclists by distilleries during the trip. Many unusual bottles are among the range being auctioned and one has been signed by some of the Scotland Rugby Team.

Over the course of 2012, SWA staff covered almost 2,000 miles taking in every distillery from Bladnoch in the south of Scotland to Scapa and Highland Park on Orkney.

Scotch Whisky producers, as well as welcoming the tired cyclists, supported the impressive challenge by contributing money to the charities and donating bottles for the cause. To date, just under £7,500 has been raised for the charities and now McTear's is looking to add to the tally at the unique auction.

Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said:

"Our staff should be very proud of their achievement. A lot of time and effort has gone into reaching this daunting challenge. Scotch Whisky distilleries are often in very remote parts of the country so it wasn't an easy cycle, especially last summer with unpredictable weather conditions.

"A lot of money has been raised for two very good charities - Macmillan Cancer Support and WaterAid - and I would like to thank everyone for the support they provided."

David Gillies, whisky specialist at McTear's, added:

"This is remarkable effort by the SWA team.  In addition to raising a stack of cash on their travels they also secured some fantastic bottles for the auction and we now hope to attract some big bids to ensure both of these very worthy charities get an additional funding boost."

Notes to editors:
The SWA protects and promotes the Scotch Whisky industry.

The auction will take place at 4pm on 17 April at McTear's Auctioneers, Meiklewood Gate, 31 Meiklewood Road, Glasgow, G51 4EU

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With media enquires please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA communications manager on 0131 222 9230/07432 605 385 or visit

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