Sunderland Sainsbury’s cycle teams join charity bike ride armada

Emplyees from Sainsbury's in Silksworth, L-R, Michael Gurney, Lisa Davies, Paul Jones, Riona Gash and Rob Fraser taking part in a bike ride to raise money for Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research and Sunderland Adaptive Snow Sports.
Emplyees from Sainsbury's in Silksworth, L-R, Michael Gurney, Lisa Davies, Paul Jones, Riona Gash and Rob Fraser taking part in a bike ride to raise money for Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research and Sunderland Adaptive Snow Sports.
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TEAMS of colleagues are gearing up to join hundreds of cyclists for a big bike ride.

About a dozen keen riders from Sainsbury’s stores in Silksworth, North Hylton and Fulwell will join 500 colleagues from 120 stores across the North of England to raise money for leukaemia and lymphoma research, as well as individual store charities, which means 144 organisations will benefit from their efforts.

Forty-two staff from across the North East will ride from Scarborough to Whitley Bay as part of the Zone 5 Big Ride from Sunday, September 4, to Thursday, September 8, stopping at 25 stores along the route.

Rob Fraser, PR ambassador for Sainsbury’s Silksworth, said staff were keen to get involved.

“Some of them are experienced cyclists, and some of them aren’t,” he said. “But it’s for a good cause, and it’s good to be involved with such a huge activity.” It is the first year the Sunderland supermarkets have been involved in the event.

Some of the money raised by Sainsbury’s Silksworth, where the riders will stop on Thursday, September 5, will be donated to the in-store charity, Sunderland Adaptive Snow Sports.

“The riders will be counting and collecting the money we have raised,” said Rob. “We have organised a bag-pack to help raise extra money, as well as activities on the day such as raffles and tombolas, as we’re hoping to make £3,000.”