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A 300-mile cycle by Callington Spar staff will raise money for charity

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

Gilletts at Little Harbour

Alan, Jason and Nick visit Little Harbour with their bikes

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Staff at a chain of Callington Spar shops will undertake a 300-mile cycle to celebrate their 30th anniversary - and raise money for charity along the way.

Staff at Gilletts Callington Ltd, which runs a chain of Spar shops across the South West, have decided to take on the "sparathon", visiting 30 of their stores on their journey.

The team will travel through four counties in just five days, as they aim to raise £10,000 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

The main cycling team will consist of Jason Summerfield, area manager for Gilletts, Nick Kenworthy, sales and marketing director of Appleby Westward, and Alan Cookson, IT director for Gilletts.

Alan Cookson and Jason Summerfield said: “A couple of years ago we decided that as a business we wanted to change our supported charity to one much more local to our own business.

“This was a big decision after supporting other charities over the years, we knew we wanted to support a children’s charity, so Children’s Hospice South West became our corporate chosen charity.

“After seeing the hospice and the team who carry out the fantastic work and how they are building precious memories for families whose children are living with life-limiting conditions we know that CHSW was the right choice for our chosen charity.

“Little Harbour was totally not what we were expecting and our tour of the hospice has given us even more drive to complete sparathon and raise as much as possible, hopefully smashing our target of £10,000.”

The ride will begin at their most easterly SPAR store in Salisbury, Wiltshire on April 21 with a challenging 80-mile day through to Somerset, down into Devon and ending in Cornwall.

Employees from Spar stores will also be doing their bit for the challenge by fundraising through stalls, raffles and indoor cycling events.

Money raised from the challenge will go towards the care and support given to children with life limiting illnesses in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and their families.

CHSW has three hospices which provide respite breaks, palliative care, emergency stays as well as end of life care and bereavement support.

Bernadette Chambers, corporate partnerships fundraiser for CHSW, said: “The team from Gillett’s are very brave taking on this challenge but I have every faith in them.

“They are a strong team and with colleagues, friends and family joining them and cheering them along I think they will do fantastically.

“We are so grateful that they have chosen CHSW as beneficiaries for their donations, we couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of supporters like Alan, Jason and Nick, everyone from CHSW wishes them good luck.”

You can donate through their Just Giving Page www.justgiving.com/alan-cookson1

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