Store staff on the bike for charity

Sainsbury's Middle Warren store manager Steve Emmerson starts the fundraising day at the store cheered on by colleagues ChristineRennie, Dean Fisher and Georgina Hicks.
Sainsbury's Middle Warren store manager Steve Emmerson starts the fundraising day at the store cheered on by colleagues ChristineRennie, Dean Fisher and Georgina Hicks.

SUPERMARKET staff got on their bike as they cycled in-store to raise charity cash.

Colleagues at Sainsbury’s Middle Warren, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, all took their turn on the exercise bike over the course of the weekend.

The charity challenge was raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and was backing a company-wide fundraising effort.

One of the store’s zone managers, David Furness, took on a gruelling 320-mile ride stopping off at over 120 stores along the way.

So the generous staff at the Mulberry Rise store wanted to organise their own challenge to help boost the fundraising total.

Steve Emmerson, store manager who was one of the members of staff who took his turn in the saddle, said: “It went really well.

“We are still counting exactly how much was raised but we got a great response.

“We have already raised £517 for the charity over the last few weeks with other fundraising activities and events we organised.

“And that will have been boosted again over the weekend.

“We were all taking our turn of about 30 minutes each time and the customers were coming over to us and chatting and finding out more about our challenge.

“They were very supportive.”

Staff thanked Fit4Less in Hartlepool who donated the exercise bike.

The generous colleagues will continue with their fundraising with various other activities. This year Miles for Men was nominated as the store’s charity of the year and a number of events have already been help backing the cause.