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Charity cycle ‘Around the World’ at Wickes in Grantham

Wickes colleagues Mark Armstrong, Elizabeth Raynor and Emily Robertshaw ahead of the challenge.

Wickes colleagues Mark Armstrong, Elizabeth Raynor and Emily Robertshaw ahead of the challenge.

While many will be putting their feet up this Bank Holiday weekend, staff at Wickes will be cycling in the store’s ‘Around the World’ charity challenge.

And if you’re thinking of doing a spot of DIY over the long weekend and visiting the branch on Gonerby Road, you will see the fundraisers pedalling on exercise bikes in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Since forming a partnership with the charity in 2006, Wickes employees have raised nearly £4 million through various initiatives and challenges.

At the Grantham branch the cause is particularly personal to deputy manager Alison Warne and cashier Elizabeth Raynor who have both lost a parent to blood cancer.

“We’re really pleased that Wickes has continued to support this cause. Blood cancer affects a lot of families,” said Alison.

The ‘Around the World’ challenge will see staff at all of Wickes’ 220 stores aim to collectively cycle the distance of the world’s circumference, 24,000 miles, across four days.

However the Grantham charity cyclists are feeling competitive and intend to clock up more than their share of the 24,000 miles, including customer assistant Mark Armstrong who said: “I’ve done a marathon before so hopefully it should be OK.”

It follows on from last year’s ‘Big Rowathon’ challenge which saw Wickes colleagues and customers row a total of 84 million metres and raise more than £75,000.

You can cheer on the cyclists and donate to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research at the Wickes store in Gonerby Road retail park from 10am to 4pm every day between August 22 and 25.

Alternatively you can click here to donate online.

 

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