Tickled pink on a charity trek

Julie Collier, right, general store manager of Asda Leechmere with Maurice Goldsbrough who manages the Spennymoor store and fellow managers from the region.

Julie Collier, right, general store manager of Asda Leechmere with Maurice Goldsbrough who manages the Spennymoor store and fellow managers from the region.

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SUPERMARKET staff were in the pink for an exhausting sponsored walk.

Workers at the Asda, in Leechmere Road, Grangetown, organised the 13-mile trek in aid of breast cancer charities.

The kind-hearted team donned specially made T-shirts and fancy dress, for the Tickled Pink sponsored hike.

Lesley Watson, a community colleague at the store, who helped organise the event, said the walk from Sunderland to South Shields was a big success.

“We had about 25 people take part, which was a great turn out, and the day went really well,” she said.

“We had a lot of tired people at the end, but it was all worth it.”

A major fund-raising drive at the company’s shops in the region has raised almost £16,000 in recent months.

“It’s something we do every year,” said Lesley. “As well as the walk, we had all sorts of events taking place in store.

“People have been very generous and we want to thank everybody who has supported us.”

Asda launched its Tickled Pink campaign in 1996 to raise money to help improve the lives of people with breast cancer.

The national drive, which benefits the Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign charities, has raised more than £25 million.

“Everybody has done their little bit to help,” added Lesley. “It’s been a real team effort.”

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