Firm adapts to Covid-19 challenges to raise over £31,000 for charity

CUSHMAN & Wakefield has helped raise more than £31,000 for the NHS Charities Together appeal by organising a ‘virtual version’ of its annual Rob Worboys Arran Challenge.

The real estate services firm established the sporting event four years ago in honour of popular agent, Rob Worboys, who died suddenly at the age of just 27 in 2016. The event has now raised over £100,000 for various charities.

The event has previously been held on the Isle of Arran with participants cycling, running and climbing to various points around the island. This year saw the event take place online due to Covid-19 restrictions, allowing more than 410 Cushman & Wakefield employees and clients from across the UK, Ireland and overseas to take part.

Instead of completing the 56-mile cycle round the Isle of Arran, followed by an 874m climb to the peak of Goat Fell in a single day, 62 teams of five completed the challenge remotely over seven days.

Each day saw participants cycle, run or walk as far as they could outdoors within an hour, with times recorded on the Strava app and collated by Cushman & Wakefield. There was also the option to take part in the Half Worboys individual challenge, a 27-mile walk that is equal to the distance from Machrie to Brodick.

The participants were updated via email and social media with images of their equivalent distance travelled on the Isle of Arran, competitor league tables and images of where and how other participants were taking part.

David Davidson, chair of Cushman & Wakefield in Scotland said, “This event is extremely important to us locally to remember our former colleague, Rob, so we were delighted that we were able to turn this event into a virtual challenge in 2020. One of our main goals was to promote the Rob Worboys Arran Challenge to our clients and colleagues based outside Scotland and with over 300 new participants taking part in this year’s event we couldn’t have asked for a better response. Arran is a very special place and we really hope we will be able to return to the island in 2021.”

Stuart Dorward, head of Scotland for Cushman & Wakefield added, “We were really overwhelmed by the number of clients and colleagues who signed up to take part – not just from across the UK but from Singapore, Boston, Athens and Paris too. In times of crisis the property industry always pulls together to help others and this time was no different. We weren’t sure what to expect from a virtual competition but there was an incredible sense of camaraderie from competitors and it was amazing to see the pictures posted on social media of people joining in with the challenge, with backdrops from the Angel of the North to the parks of Edinburgh.

“I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the families and friends who sponsored our competitors, to the Worboys family for allowing the event to be honoured in Rob’s name; and also to law firm CMS UK, to property investor London and Scottish, to developer Parabola and Cushman & Wakefield – who collectively donated an incredible additional £12,000 to the total.”

Donations are still open and can be made via the Virgin Money Giving page: