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Shop manager hitches a ride with cops as part of charity relay

A shop manager hitched a 10-mile ride in a police car as part of an ‘unusual transport relay’ charity fundraiser for Sue Ryder.

Adrian Botwright, manager of the M Local convenience store in Marlborough High Street, drove in a police car for 10 miles to Wroughton in the seventh leg of a twenty-four hour relay race across the South West.

The 334-mile race across six counties connected all fifteen Morrisons M local stores within the South West region.

It started with the Plymouth leg at 08.30am on Friday, August 1, ending in Bristol Portishead at midday the following day.

Over 15 Morrisons M local colleagues took part. Each leg of the route was completed using an unusual mode of transport, including a kayak, tandem and tractor.

At each stage of the race, participants handed on a specially created South West Morrisons M local ‘apple baton’.

The relay raised £8,000, which will enable Sue Ryder – the retailer’s nation-wide charity partner – to establish new community services, family support teams and an online support community across the UK including in the South West.

Adrian said: “We hope our relay race has raised significant funds for Sue Ryder’s vital community care and support in the South West. Thank you to everyone who has made such generous donations so far.

“I was pretty nervous. However, colleagues and the general public kept me going during my leg.”

Samantha Steadman, from Sue Ryder, said: “It’s fantastic that Morrisons M Locals in the South West are taking on this challenge to raise funds for the new healthcare services being set up by Sue Ryder.

“With the help of Morrisons colleagues and customers, we’re already making a lasting difference to thousands of families at the most difficult time of their lives, and we’re hugely grateful for their support.”