Staff get on their bikes for Lapland challenge

ON YER BIKE! Tesco Express store manager Marc Parrott during his stint on the bike. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (123964-6773)
ON YER BIKE! Tesco Express store manager Marc Parrott during his stint on the bike. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (123964-6773)
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TESCO staff used pedal power to raise money for a festive cause.

Around 20 employees at Tesco Express in Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville, jumped on an exercise bike to take part in the supermarket chain’s £1m festive fundraising challenge.

Tesco stores, head offices and distribution centres, joined together for the Cycle to Lapland challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The Waterlooville fundraisers took it in turns on the bike for 17 hours on Saturday with the aim of clocking up enough combined miles nationally to reach Lapland – the home of Father Christmas.

The bike was stationed outside the door and customers could donate coins into a bucket.

Some customers even got in on the act and had a go themselves.

Cancer Research UK is Tesco’s chosen charity for 2012 and the supermarket giant hopes to hit its target of £10m for the organisation.

Marc Parrott, manager of the store in Tempest Avenue, said: ‘We have done really well.

‘We’ve raised a ton of money and are on course to hit our target of £450 as a store.

‘Tesco really love to give to charity. It’s such a great cause. I know how hard cancer can hit people and there are people in the store that have been hit by it too.

‘We always want to get out into the community and give something back.

‘The customers have been really generous and it’s the right time of year to do it.

‘I thought I was going to struggle but I didn’t find it that difficult – I really enjoyed it.’

Staff member Pat Lewis said: ‘Once I got going it was quite easy. I thought it was going to be a struggle.

‘It’s important to raise money and it’s good to see the community take part.’

Katie Coad, 19, also works at the store.

She said: ‘I did about 45 minutes and it wasn’t that bad. We’ve dressed up before and things but this is the first time we’ve done anything like this.’