DIY store staff do their bit in mammoth cycling challenge

L-R; Freyja Holt (Customer Service Supervisor), Chris Small (Service Assistant, Matt Turnbull (Trade Plus Customer Service Supervisor), Andy King (Service ASsistant), Chantelle Cross (Service Assistant).
L-R; Freyja Holt (Customer Service Supervisor), Chris Small (Service Assistant, Matt Turnbull (Trade Plus Customer Service Supervisor), Andy King (Service ASsistant), Chantelle Cross (Service Assistant).

A daring duo from a Harborough tool store did their bit to help colleagues complete a mammoth 5,500 national cycle relay in aid of a charity which helps maintain properties for those in need.

Helen Gardner and Sam Orchard from the town’s Screwfix store took part in the Tour de Screwfix – cycling the 11.7 mile distance between the Harborough and Corby branches.

They and 800 more Screwfix workers have been raising money for the Screwfix Foundation. The company is hoping to raise £100,000.

Helen said: “We really enjoyed taking part in ‘Tour de Screwfix’, it was a tough ride but for a fantastic cause. It’s great that so many Screwfix employees are taking part, hopefully together we can raise a lot of money, we can’t wait to see the total.”

The Screwfix Foundation is now calling out for charities in and around Market Harborough to apply for a share of the funds raised by ‘Tour de Screwfix’.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, said: “We are extremely proud of all the staff at all of our 400 stores throughout the UK who are participating in this incredible challenge.

“It’s a fantastic achievement which is raising money to enable The Screwfix Foundation to continue its hard work in supporting well-deserving, local causes.”

The Screwfix 400th store cycle challenge started in Inverness on April 13 and will travel to every store in the UK, including those in Northern Ireland, before heading to Yeovil which is home to Screwfix’s head office.

The Screwfix Foundation works with two national charity partners, Barnardo’s children’s charity and Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as lending a welcome helping hand to smaller, local registered charities, which are carrying out projects which involve fixing, maintaining or repairing buildings or facilities for those in need. To apply for funding, visit www.screwfixfoundation.com