Cycle Fundraisers Praised

Posted: April 08 2014

Heron Foods would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported their team on a three-day cycle last week, to raise funds for The Deep.

Thanks to the support of everyone involved, the team reached their goal of raising a fantastic £5,000 for endangered penguins. Heron Foods would especially like to thank Design Workshop, Image Data, Seabrook Crisps and Northgate Vehicle Hire for their support.

Seven heroic Heron Foods employees took part last week in the 255-mile cycle ride from the northern most Heron Foods store in Amble in Northumberland, to the southern most store in March, Cambridgeshire.

The cyclists took in the towns of South Sheilds, Beverley, Hull and Boston along the way of their three day tour on 27th, 28th and 29th March.

Colin Brown, Chief Executive of The Deep said: “I would like to thank the seven riders, and the team that supported them throughout this challenge as they have shown such commitment and for that, The Deep is very grateful.

“All the money that has been raised will be put towards funding vital research and conservation work into protecting the endangered Galapagos penguins as part of Project Penguin, and will help to make a real difference,” he said.

Craig Antrobus, Heron Foods Regional Manager and tour organiser, said: “I’d like to pay tribute to a great team who through terrible weather stuck together, and supported each other to make it through to the end.

“At times, it was tough and the end seemed a long way off, but after two days climbing in the rain, we rode 108 miles at an average of 15.5mph. This was the furthest most of us had ridden before, and the last day was the furthest any of us a ridden in one day,” he said. “We finished with a real sense of achievement and I’m very proud to have been a part of it.”

A total of 66 Heron stores in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have been raising money to support The Deep’s Project Penguin since October 2013, which is helping protect endangered penguins in the wild.

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