Morrisons community champion Jenny Cook with the Mayor of Verwood, deputy store manager John Camish and Henri
Morrisons community champion Jenny Cook with the Mayor of Verwood, deputy store manager John Camish and Henri

L-R Morrisons community champion Jenny Cook with the Mayor of Verwood, deputy store manager John Camish and Henri

The Mayor of Verwood, Cllr Pat Morrow was on hand to start a round the world cycle ride at her local Morrisons today (22 August).

The event is being held at Morrisons stores throughout the South West and funds raised will go to the national cancer care charity, Sue Ryder.

To complete the challenge in 48 hours, each store needs to clock up around 230 miles.

Verwood Morrisons’ staff and customers will be cycling the equivalent distance to the town’s French twin, Champtoceaux (226 miles), on static bikes loaned to them by East Dorset District Council from the Hub.

Clive Oldridge from the Verwood branch of Connells Estate Agents who is a Rotarian was the first to get pedalling and said, “Verwood Rotary Club has sponsored the event and I have already raised £75.” His faithful companion ‘Henri’ was with him to make sure any baguettes that fell by the wayside didn’t go to waste.

More pedal power is needed to help complete the mammoth task and anyone is welcome to take part. Just pop along to your local Morrisons and ask to join the rota.

Prior to the launch, the Mayor of Verwood, Cllr Pat Morrow said, “This is an excellent fundraising effort by Morrisons for Sue Ryder, which is a very worthwhile cause.”

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