Top wholesaler raises money for Grocery Aid

Palmer amp; Harvey CEO Chris Etherington was one of a team of 30 cyclists who raised a total of more than £28,000 for our industry’s charity, GroceryAid, earlier this month.

The group left Whitehaven on July 2 to start a three-day journey across the country to Whitby, covering 333km and climbing over 5,300m!

Day one saw the cyclists leave Whitehaven for their journey through the Lake District passing by Ennerdale and Crummock Waters before climbing the infamous Honister Pass. The evening was spent in Penrith with a quiz and delicious meal provided by pie and ready meals maker Charlie Bighams.

On day two the cyclists climbed towards the Yorkshire Dales with stunning views all around. Passing by the Post Office in Reeth, which had been painted with king of the mountain dots in honour of the Tour de France 2014, they finished in Ripon Spa.

The final day and with the addition of Mike Coupe, CEO, J Sainsbury plc, the cyclists headed to the North York Moors with its undulating terrain. Although the day’s climbs included a 33% gradient all the cyclists made it to Whitby and a well-deserved cone of fish and chips on the pier.

The evening celebrations included a BBQ and the sharing of tales from the past three days.

Chris Etherington completed the three day ride and has so far raised over £2,250 in donations on JustGiving.

Chris commented: “Coast to Coast was very challenging but extremely rewarding. I had a great time, a great ride and great company on a well organised cycle.”

Next year the Coast to Coast cycle challenge will take place on June 30 to July 2, 2016. If you are interested in taking part please contact or call 01252 875925.

To find out more about GroceryAid please visit, email or call 01252 875925. For welfare advice please call the Helpline on 08088 021122.

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