80-mile charity ride is trolley load of fun

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Staff at a Spalding supermarket had a trolley load of fun raising funds for charity during a sponsored cycle.

Four cyclists from Lidl rode between all the stores in the district on Friday, calling in at King’s Lynn, Wisbech and March before returning home.

They completed the 80-mile journey in six hours and 54 minutes, raising about £70 for CLIC Sargent.

Store manager Andy Cowper-Johnson was one of the riders and said he was inspired to take part by a brave 12-year-old girl who is recovering after an 18-month battle with a brain tumour.

Both she and her family were supported by CLIC Sargent during the treatment, from being provided with invaluable advice to being put up in a residence in Oxford.

The other riders were duty manager Tom Bayston, duty manager Jon Varley and store assistant Shaun Dorrain.

There was also a support team, who drove to the stores ahead of the riders to raise money and make customers aware of what Team Spalding were trying to achieve.

Members of the support team were duty manager Sam Frankish, store assistant Kirsten McGilloway, store assistant Chelsey Johnson and driver Tanya Derrick.

In spite of strong winds along the way, the warm weather was near perfect conditions for the challenge.

At the end of the event, the staff celebrated their achievement with a champagne reception.

Mr Cowper-Johnson said: “I would like to say how proud I am of my team. Without their drive, motivation and passion for this worthy cause, this challenge would not have taken place.

“I would also like to thank the teams in King’s Lynn, Wisbech and March for their support.”

Readers can still support the team by visiting www.justgiving.com/Lidl80mileDistrictcycle or texting SPALD80 £1 TO 70070.