A MARKS & Spencer manager has completed a gruelling cycle challenge and raised a huge amount of money for charity.
Katie Pycroft, foods manager at the Waterlooville branch, showed her commitment to Macmillan Cancer Support by cycling 160 miles to 24 M&S stores in the south – and raising £16,500.
She was joined by colleagues James Gamble, James Chapman, Gordon Scott and Tom Herriven.
Throughout the route, various employees from stores across the south joined in the ride.
Katie said: ‘I decided to take part in the 160-mile bike ride event alongside organisers James Chapman and James Gamble, as cycling is a huge passion of mine and I thought this was an excellent way to fundraise for such a worthy cause.
‘We are overjoyed to have exceeded our target of £10,000 and would like to thank everybody who donated, got involved and supported us.’
M&S’s Waterlooville store has also been working hard to raise an additional £1,500 for Macmillan through hosting a Hawaiian-themed coffee morning.
It was part of a nationwide fundraising drive by M&S in what is the retailer’s seventh year of supporting Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
M&S has raised more than £6m for Macmillan during this time, helping to fund more specialist Macmillan services in local communities across the UK.
Nicola Keith, from Macmillan, said: ‘Each year we are astounded by the nation’s fundraising efforts and this year our expectations have been exceeded yet again.
‘I would like to personally thank every single person who has helped make this year another great success, by visiting their local M&S, hosting their own coffee morning, or indeed cycling 160 miles to fundraise for Macmillan. Thanks to M&S’ support, we’ll be able to fund even more essential professional posts.
‘Cancer can be the loneliest place, but together M&S and Macmillan ensure that more people in the UK have the support they need in their own community, meaning that no one has to face cancer alone.’