Shop staff in challenging 425-mile relay

SUPERMARKET staff from across the area are taking part in a 425-mile relay to raise money for good causes.

Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Flying the Flag Relay, from June 26 to July 7, involves members of staff carrying a special flag around all 75 stores.

All the teams have been tasked with finding weird and wonderful ways of travelling to the next stage of the relay. They all have one big challenge in common – they cannot use any motorised transport.

Methods dreamed up to complete the course include horse and carts, tandem bicycles, wheelbarrows, juggling, egg and spoon, cycling and running.

On June 30 staff at the Caistor store will be travelling the 11 miles to Market Rasen by walking dressed in red, white and blue.

Caistor store manager Chris Freeman is hoping the relay will raise a lot of money.

He said: “We are looking forward to the relay, it’s not something you do everyday and it’s a good team building exercise.

“We’ve started raising money in store already and sponsor forms have gone out so hopefully we will raise lots of money for our charities of the year.”

Money raised through sponsorship and collections during the relay will go towards Lincolnshire Co-op’s two charities for 2012, Plan UK and Pascal.

The relay is taking place during national Co-operatives Fortnight - an awareness campaign that aims to show off the diversity and the benefits of the co-operative movement.

Wragby store staff will also take part in the relay on June 30 and workers at Co-op stores in Welton and Kirton Lindsey will complete their leg of the journey on July 3.