Staff at centre get active to raise funds in aid of good cause

Police officers spared a few minutes to help the Sanderson Arcade team with the spinathon.
Police officers spared a few minutes to help the Sanderson Arcade team with the spinathon.

Staff at a Morpeth shopping centre put in miles of effort to support its charity for the year.

On Wednesday, September 9, a Sanderson Arcade team took to spinning bikes in the piazza area. Their challenge was to cycle just under 500 miles in 10 hours to catch up with the total Tour of Britain distance to that point to mark it entering Northumberland on this day.

In addition, centre manager Medi Parry completed the Great North Run half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields on Sunday.

The spinning team started at 8am. It had support from staff at stores including Marks and Spencer, Crew Clothing, Mountain Warehouse, Vodafone and 02.

Also helping were Morpeth Rotary Club – led by club President Rhona Dunn – and a couple of police officers and a few local school children spared a few minutes to give the main team a quick break.

A total of £655.33 was raised for Morpeth charity Barnabas Safe and Sound. The money will go towards a new multi-media zone at its Stobhill centre, which will help to transform the building into a community learning hub and benefit many groups across the town.

Ms Parry said: “We couldn’t have successfully completed the spinathon challenge without the support of the staff at the various stores and other helpers.

“The atmosphere at the Great North Run was amazing as you are surrounded by so many enthusiastic people and the crowds along the route were giving us a lot of support, some even provided refreshments.

“I would like to do the run a third time in aid of our charity for the year and hopefully it will be a bit cooler next time.

“We’re grateful to all those who donated, either on the Wednesday or Sunday or via the Virgin Money Giving page.”