Baton passed in fundraising relay
5:30am Wednesday 6th August 2014 in By Elizabeth Mackley
STORE manager Josh Davis put aside his keys to the cash register so that he could do his bit to raise money for charity.
Josh, who manages the Morrisons M Local store in Wroughton, took part in the 24-hour relay race across the South West to help raise money for the Sue Ryder organisation.
He used his V-Scooter to travel seven miles between the Devizes Road Store and the shop in Royal Wootton Bassett last Friday.
Josh said: “We hope our relay race will raise significant funds for Sue Ryder’s vital community care in the South West.
“Thank you to everyone who has made such generous donations so far.
“I was pretty nervous. But my colleagues and the general public helped to keep me going during my leg.”
Josh had the eighth leg of the massive relay between Morrisons stores to raise money for the charity, and managed to raise £500 during his leg.
The 334-mile long race across six counties connected all 15 Morrisons M local stores within the South West region, with more than 15 Morrisons M local staff taking part and completing each leg with an unusual form of transport, including a kayak, tandem and a tractor.
It started at the Plymouth store at 8.30am and ended in the Bristol Portishead store at midday on Saturday.
At each stage of the race, participants passed on a specially created South West Morrisons M local ‘apple baton’.
It is hoped that between them the stores would raise £7,500 for Sue Ryder, the retailer’s nationwide charity partner, and enable them to establish new community services, family support teams and an online support community across the UK including in the South West.
Samantha Steadman, from Sue Ryder, said: “It’s fantastic that Morrisons M Locals in the South West are taking on this challenge to raise funds for the new services being set up by Sue Ryder.
“With the help of Morrisons colleagues and customers, we’re making a lasting difference to thousands of families at the most difficult time of their lives, and we’re grateful for their support.”
Sue Ryder provides care to people with end of life and long-term needs.
The charity supports people living with life-limiting and long-term conditions including brain injury, cancer, dementia, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease.
It operates specialist palliative care centres, care centres for people with complex conditions, homecare services and a growing number of community-based services.