A team of cyclists from Cranstons butchers have raised over £4700 for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland by completing a gruelling 106 mile bike ride in 1 day on Saturday 2nd August. The bike ride challenge, which was set to celebrate Cranstons Centenary, saw the bikers cycle around Cranstons 6 shops in Cumbria and Northumbria, including a difficult ascent of Hartside summit in torrential rain.
Cranstons team comprised Philip Cranston (Managing Director), Martin Jones (Retail Director), David Law (Production Unit Manager), Peter Wharton (Pie Department Supervisor), James Haddow (Butcher) and Nick King (Head Chef at Oswald's). Rob McManus (Butchery Manager, Cumbrian Food Hall) and Roger Cranston (Operations Director) completed 50 of the 100 mile route.
The riders set of at 8 o'clock in the morning and despite lashing rain, two crashes and a total of almost 6000 ft. of climbing the team completed the course (Penrith to Orton Grange to Carlisle, Brampton, Hexham and back to Penrith) by 5:30 pm. Excluding breaks the total time on the bikeS was under 8 hours. Morale was kept high with plentiful supplies of food and drink including Liz Cranston’s flapjack.
Martin Jones, Cranstons Retail Director, said 'It was a great day despite the tough conditions and we were really grateful for the support and well wishes we received both at the shops and around the route. Hospice at Home is a great local charity which has touched the lives of several members of staff and friends of the business so it was great to both celebrate our 100th Birthday and raise money for such a brilliant cause'.
Cranstons staff and Hospice at Home volunteers collected money in buckets throughout the day, adding to significant donations from Cranstons suppliers and friends of the business. Julie Blundell from Hospice at Home said, 'We are thrilled that Cranstons chose to celebrate their centenary with this special fundraiser. 100 miles in a day is a tough challenge given the hilly nature of the route and it seems to have captured the imagination of Cranstons supporters as the total raised has been wonderful. The money will help us continue to provide free nursing care to patients in their own homes at the end stages of life'.
Should you wish to donate, Cranstons Just Giving page will be live until the end of September www.justgiving.com/butchersonbikes