Employees working at Haskins in Ferndown completed a charity Static Bikeathon in aid of Faithworks Wessex.
Staff from all departments in the garden centre and restaurant took part, making a total of 25 riders, aged 17 to 67. Each rider completed 15km on the static bikes which were positioned outside the garden centre.
Haskins raised a total of £320 for Faithworks Wessex via individual sponsorship and bucket collections. Donations can still be made via www.localgiving.org/fundraising/Haskins-Static-Bikeathon.
Representatives from other charities also attended, including Poole Foodbank, Wimborne Foodbank, Bournemouth Christians Alongside Rough Sleepers and SleepSafe.
Marc Etheridge, Assistant General Manager at Haskins in Ferndown, commented: “The event was a massive success, and everyone enjoyed taking part – some team members even rode twice! We all thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and it’s rewarding to know we raised money for a great cause too.”
The Ferndown centre is supporting Faithworks Wessex as its nominated ‘Charity of the Year’ via fundraising activities throughout 2019. The charity helps those in need get out of crisis and isolation, ﬁnding practical solutions around food, finance and shelter. Haskins aims to raise several thousands of pounds for the charity, as well as providing the space for Faithworks Wessex to host information and awareness evenings to raise further donations.
Ian Bromilow, Chair of Trustees at Faithworks Wessex, commented: “Thank you to those who supported the Bikeathon to raise money for our projects. Haskins is so committed to fundraising for us that some even did this on their day off!
“Money raised from the event will be used to support our projects, including Food Banks, rough sleepers work, support for those with addictions, debt advice and lone parent families. We look forward to working on more joint events with Haskins and hope to spread the word about Faithworks Wessex even further. Thanks again to the Haskins team!”