Colleagues at 28 Wickes stores across the country are taking on an epic 341-mile relay walk from Preston, in Lancashire, to Havant, in Hampshire, this June to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the DIY chain’s national charity partner.
Teams from each Wickes store will complete a section of the route each day, trekking to the next store on the route, where they will pass on the baton for the next day. Distances between the stores naturally vary, with some Wickes colleagues facing a 20-mile slog during their leg of the challenge.
The DIY chain’s Preston store will kick off the first leg on 1 June, with eight colleagues walking 10 miles to Chorley. The epic trek finishes 26 days later when staff in Fareham, Hampshire, stride to the finish line 11 miles away in Havant.
The walk has been organised by Dawn Shale, who is a showroom assistant at Preston Wickes. She says: "All of our stores hold lots of different events throughout the year to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
"As it’s the charity’s 50th anniversary year, we wanted to do something a bit special. We had the idea here in the Preston store and we asked our colleagues up and down the country to get involved - it’s proving to be a really popular and fun event."
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: "Good luck to everyone taking part - it’s a brilliant idea and a really unique challenge to take on.
"All the money they raise will go towards vital research into better treatments and cures for patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma."
People can support the challenge by donating at www.justgiving.co.uk/Great-Wickes-Walk
Wickes announced Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as its first-ever national charity partnership in October 2006 and smashed their initial goal of raising £200,000 for the blood cancer charity. Their fundraising success led to an extension of the partnership and they have currently raised over £1 million for the charity.