We are pleased to be being supported by Sainsbury's, as several stores around the North East come together to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice.
10 staff from the supermarket chain are completing a cycling challenge on Saturday 13th October to raise funds, with the proceeds being split between us and Mind, the mental health charity. Their fundraising efforts are in memory of their former colleague, Yvonne, who completed several sponsored challenges, including the Great North Run, raising funds for and awareness of the work we do here at St Oswald's.
After a breakfast at the Morpeth Sainsbury's store, the Cycle 369 race will start at 9am on Saturday. Staff are cycling 40 miles going between 14 stores in the North East region, including Forest Hall, Newcastle Central Station and Chillingham Road, before finishing at the West Jesmond store at 4.30pm.
The race will be followed by a quiz at 8pm in The Lonsdale pub on Lonsdale Terrace, as well as a raffle with great prizes up for grabs.
Amanda, Shop Manager at West Jesmond, said
This challenge is a lovely way for us to raise funds in memory of our colleague. I only worked with Yvonne for a short time, but even in that period she made an impact on everyone she worked with, as well as our customers. It was very hard for everyone in our store to go through the loss, but it's good for the store to grieve together and we've managed to turn our grief into something productive that I think Yvonne would be proud of. It's great to be doing this challenge for a charity that we have a special link to, as it was chosen by our customers as the Jesmond store's charity of the year.
There will be a range of fundraising activities going on in the West Jesmond store over the weekend, including a static bike for staff to complete the cycling challenge in-store, so be sure to get to Sainsbury's this weekend to show your support if you can!