The Lakes Free Range Egg Company was pleased to get involved with the Sainsbury’s Cumbrian cycle tour for charity – not only did we offer sponorship for the local Penrith team, we also volunteered one of our staff to cycle with them.

Cyclists at Sainsbury's Cockermouth

Cyclist reach Cockermouth for lunch

Our Mark Wilmot joined the group of 14 enthusiastic cyclists from Sainsbury’s,  they pedalled their way around North Cumbria to raise funds for stores Local Charity Partners. For the Penrith store, the 2015/16 charity is Blood Bikes Cumbria, for Cockermouth the charity is Dementia and in Carlisle the charity is Carlisle Mencap.

Blood Bikes Cumbria with Sainsbury’s and Lakes Free Range Egg Company at cheque presentation

Starting from the Penrith , colleagues cycled to the Cockermouth supermarket before continuing on to both of the stores in Carlisle then returning to Penrith – a distance of 85.8 miles. At the same time, staff in all four Cumbrian stores used a static bike to ‘race’ the outdoor team and raise awareness and funds for their charities.

Monies raised by the Penrith store will assist the group of volunteers operating Blood Bikes Cumbria to continue to deliver blood and other urgent medical supplies between hospitals and blood transfusion banks which means that more NHS money can be directed into frontline care. Lakes Free Range Egg Company Secretary Helen Brass called in to see the start of the ride, and hand over a donation to the Blood Bike charity.

Cheque donation from Lakes Free Range Egg Co to Penrith Sainsbury's nominated charity Blood Bikes Cumbria

Cheque donation from Lakes Free Range Egg Co to Penrith Sainsbury’s nominated charity Blood Bikes Cumbria

Sainsbury’s Store Manager, Tony Gale, said: ” We would like send our grateful thanks to our customers for cheering on the cyclists and for the generous donations they made to the charity. Also to The Lakes Free Range Eggs Company for supporting the event.”

The Cumbria/North West event followed the Cumbrian route which set off from Penrith with a team of fifteen cyclists, which included Sainsbury’s staff from the Penrith, Cockermouth and Carlisle stores as well as Sainsbury’s staff from Clitheroe, Bamber Bridge, Garstang and Lancaster.