Employees from some of Edinburgh’s biggest businesses descended on Quartermile on June 26 for a carpet curling tournament that was presided over by none other than Great Britain’s men’s curling skip, David Murdoch.
Quartermile-based firms like Maclay Murray & Spens, Morton Fraser and Investec Wealth & Investment tested their skills against the likes of CBRE, JLL and Montagu Evans.
David Murdoch famously led his team to a silver medal in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics – and took time out of his busy schedule to appear at the tournament. He presented the winning team Ryden with their trophy and Brewin Dolphin with the runners up plate.
Ryden’s winning team even had the chance to test themselves against the best when David challenged them to an impromptu final game!
David said: “It was a pleasure to be here at Quartermile to present the winners with their prizes. All the teams were very keen to show off their carpet curling skills, and everyone had a lot of fun – myself included. Carpet curling in the middle of summer in such beautiful surroundings is a far cry from the Sochi Ice Cube Curling Centre, but it’s fantastic that so many people were inspired to take part.”
The event saw a total of 52 teams trying their hand at carpet curling on Quartermile’s vibrant Lister Square.
Commenting on the event, Quartermile’s managing director, Paul Curran, said: “We are delighted with the reaction to the carpet curling tournament from so many companies. A number of the teams taking part are based in Quartermile, so it was fantastic to get our whole community together for such a worthy cause.”
More than £8,000 was raised for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, which supports the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. The hospital receives over 100,000 children through its doors from all over the east of Scotland.
Quartermile’s vibrant retail community includes Peter’s Yard, Sainsbury’s Local, Starbucks, Fitness Chicks, Pure Gym, Looking Glass Books, Savour To Go and Malaysian restaurant Nanyang. Quartermile is also home to the UK’s first Marriott Residence Inn.