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A number of CJ Lang and Son Limited SPAR stores recently supported two tutu-wearing tandem cyclists on their journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats which they completed to raise money for charity.

Suzy Cramb and Debbie Edge, from Wirral, set off on their Tandem LEJOG from Land’s End on 7th June, to start the 1,100 mile bike ride, which took them 13 days, arriving at John O’Groats on 19th June.

Along the way they stopped off at 5 SPAR stores in Scotland, SPAR Biggar in Lanarkshire, SPAR Camelon in Falkirk, SPAR Stanley in Perthshire, SPAR Nethybridge in Inverness-shire and finally SPAR Bonar Bridge in Sutherland who all provided the cyclists with lunch, drinks and energy bars, funded by the sale of single use carrier bags which now cost customers 5p.

The funds raised were split between two charities, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.  Both charities gave Suzy incredible support when her son was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Suzy said: “The work that the Teenage Cancer Trust does to transform cancer units around the country is incredible – they turn teenage cancer wards into lovely, happy places where all the family can stay, the staff there are absolutely amazing.”

Following Suzy’s son’s treatment for osteosarcoma, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust also gave him a fantastic week away. “Cancer can strip away so much from a young person, and the sailing trips the charity gives them does an amazing job of giving them their confidence back,” said Suzy.

Russel Morrison Area manager for SPAR said: “All members of the event involved were delighted with the hospitality and friendliness of the SPAR staff on duty.”

The team has already raised £8,500 for the two charities through online sponsorship, and they’re hoping to raise a lot more.