Homebase staff preparing to pedal for teenage cancer
A TEAM of fundraisers are preparing to pedal over 30 miles down-river in the name of charity.
Gareth Wilkins, manager of Sleaford’s Homebase store, is part of a 12 man crew who will be powering a pedalo 33 miles down the River Witham, from Lincoln to Boston, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
He explained: “We wanted to do something to raise money that was off the beaten track and we wanted to do something original, that would draw attention to what we were doing.”
The team was originally made up of six people; Gareth, Steve Slater and Steve Knaggs, the managers of the Boston and Stamford Homebases respectively, plus a few friends.
But once the team realised how monumental this challenge was, they enlisted a few more family members and friends to help.
This tiring challenge is all to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which is Homebase’s chosen charity up until February next year.
The team will start their challenge at 6am on Saturday, leaving from Lincoln and travelling along the River Witham. They hope to reach Boston by 7pm that evening.
They plan to have four people pedalling at a time, with the remaining members in a support boat alongside, and Gareth says it will be “a very long day!”
To sponsor the team in their challenge, you can visit their JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/PedaloExpedition.
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