Dobbies staff saddle up for charity

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A group of staff members from Dobbies Garden Centre in Peterborough took to the saddle on Tuesday to join in a cycle relay covering 2,000 miles in aid of charity.

The nationwide event, ‘Tour de Fleur’, organised to mark Dobbies 150th anniversary has involved over 300 members of staff, who have all volunteered to take part in the relay to help raise vital funds for a number of worthy causes.

A team of five strong cyclists from the Dobbies store, based in Hampton set off from Peterborough to Kings Lynn on Tuesday to undertake their part of the gruelling relay race.

Covering a total of 44 miles the team of five cycled all the way to Kings Lynn, handing over the baton to staff at the Dobbies store at Kings Lynn who took the race onwards to Chesterfield.

The garden centre in Peterborough decided to support the Teenage Cancer Trust as their chosen charity for this year’s race.

Andy King, managing director of Dobbies said: “To mark this amazing milestone of 150 years of trading, hundreds of our staff have volunteered to take part in Dobbies’ Charity Cycle Tour Around the UK to raise money for a charity that is close to their hearts.

“We aim to complete more than 2,000 miles in just over 21 days, and would urge people all around the country to dig deep and donate money to our very worthwhile local causes.”

The ride, which is slightly longer than the Tour de France and just over twice the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats, will travel from Inverness to Ashford in Kent.

The first of the cyclists set off from the Edinburgh store at 7am on May 31.

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