Morrisons store colleagues in Peterhead have launched a fundraising drive for children and young people’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent by undertaking a gruelling 664km (412-mile) static bike ride.
The supermarket’s employees across the UK chose CLIC Sargent as their new charity partner in February, and aim to raise £8 million over the next three years to help stop cancer destroying young lives.
Earlier this month, the Peterhead store team, alongside their families and friends, plus volunteers from The Princes Trust, pedalled long and hard and raised £1,591.25 in donations from kind-hearted customers.
Commenting on the fundraising team’s efforts, Sheena Irvine, Community Champion, Morrisons Peterhead, said: “We’re so proud to have raised so much money already for our new charity partner CLIC Sargent and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who cycled and donated.
“Our customers, as always, were incredibly generous.
“It’s a great feeling to know that what we’ve done will make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people facing cancer,” she added.
The Peterhead team set themselves an initial target distance of 285km for the bike ride, which is the distance that if diagnosed, a child from the town would have to travel for specialist cancer treatment in Glasgow.
However, they ended up cycling over twice that distance.
Fern McDonald, fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “Our social workers, nurses and other frontline staff across the UK work tirelessly to limit the damage cancer causes beyond a child or young person’s health.
“Thanks to Morrisons and the efforts of the wonderful team at Peterhead, we’ll be able to stop cancer destroying more young lives than ever.
“We are incredibly grateful for the backing of the Peterhead team, and look forward to working with them closely in the future.”
According to CLIC Sargent’s research, on average children with cancer in Scotland have to make a round-trip of 119km to to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, or 90km to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, for specialist treatment.
Because of the long distances involved, CLIC Sargent provides free Homes from Home accommodation for families nearby to each hospital, so they can stay close to their loved one during treatment.