Workers take to the saddle for charity

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Store workers took to the saddle earlier this month to raise thousands of pounds of cancer charities.

Hobey Lightowler, Rich Reynolds, Jonny Collette and Paul Heeson, who all work at the Marks and Spencer (M&S) store in Castleford, took part in the nationwide Bike 24 challenge.

More than 1,400 staff from M & S stores across the country tackled the 24-hour endurance event at Rockingham Motor Circuit in Corby on June 21.

Competitors cycled for an hour then swapped and had three hours’ rest.

M&S hopes its staff’s efforts will raise £1.5m for five charities, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Marie Keating Foundation, Action Cancer, Prostate Cancer UK and Action Medical Research.

Paul Heeson, Castleford store manager, said: “It was a great experience to see our team take part in the challenge and we’re really proud of the efforts everyone put in to raise so much money for five very worthy charities.

“It was a great boost for the team knowing the whole of M&S was behind them.”

The Castleford store also hosted fundraising events.