Every mile helps to tackle cancer

SUPERMARKET staff clocked up the miles on a bike for charity –without even leaving the store.

The kind-hearted colleagues at Tesco, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, each had a 15 minute slot on an exercise bike, which was set up in store yesterday.

The dedicated group were attempting to reach a total of 250 miles throughout the day as they continued to show support for Cancer Research UK’s new campaign, Stand Up To Cancer.

Staff did not have a target of how much they wanted to raise, but said customers were extremely grateful and inquisitive throughout the day.

Selina Wilson, community champion at the store, said: “We had lots of customers coming up to us and asking what we were doing and we were explaining to them about the campaign.

“As usual when we do things like this, our customers were very generous.”

Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up To Cancer is aiming to raise awareness of the disease and the charity throughout the country.

The campaign has been backed by a host of stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Keith Lemon and Davina McCall and a programme dedicated to the campaign was shown on Channel 4 last night.

Tesco staff signed up to show their support and suffered a tough 15-minute spell on the bike during their shift yesterday.

“It was tough,” added Selina.

“Once I got going I was all right but the seat was quite uncomfortable.

“We came up with all sorts of ideas to try and make it more comfortable including wrapping carrier bags around it.

“But the main thing was to raise money and awareness and I think we did that well.”

Customers can continue to show their support for the campaign today and tomorrow as the store is holding a Big Shop and Drop Weekend.

People are urged to donate their unwanted clothes and items which will then be handed to Cancer Research UK shops.

Wristbands and pin badges, costing £1, are also available to buy in store.

Paul Wadsworth, Cancer Research UK spokesman for Hartlepool, said: “It’s fantastic that the Tesco Extra staff at Hartlepool have managed to complete such an amazing challenge for Stand Up To Cancer.

“Stand Up To Cancer will unite scientists, celebrities and communities in Hartlepool and across the county to generate funds, raise awareness and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”