Screwfix staff goes that extra mile for charity

Staff at Screwfix, Lisburn
Staff at Screwfix, Lisburn

Staff from the Screwfix store in Lisburn recently participated in ‘Tour de Screwfix’, a mammoth 5,500 mile national cycle relay, to raise money for The Screwfix Foundation.

The charity supports projects to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities for those in need in the UK.

To mark the opening of its 400th store, 800 Screwfix staff at each of its stores nationwide are riding a leg over an eight week period with a target to raise £100,000 for The Screwfix Foundation.

Chris Hayler, Edward McGookin, Ashleigh Dumican and Laura Cathcart from the Lisburn store covered the Lisburn to Belfast leg of the challenge, covering 10 miles.

Edward McGookin, from Screwfix in Lisburn, comments: “The ‘Tour De Screwfix’ was a fantastic challenge to be part of.

“Everyone should be really proud of the part they played and we can’t wait to see the final amount we’ve all helped to raise.”

The Screwfix Foundation is now calling out for charities in and around Lisburn to apply for a share of the funds raised by ‘Tour de Screwfix’.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, said: “We are extremely proud of all the staff at all of our 400 stores throughout the UK who are participating in this incredible challenge. It’s a fantastic achievement which is raising money to enable The Screwfix Foundation to continue its hard work in supporting well-deserving, local causes.”

The Screwfix 400th store cycle challenge started in Inverness on April 13 and will travel to every store in the UK, including those in Northern Ireland and heading to Yeovil which is home to Screwfix’s head office. 21 head office employees will then embark on the final leg of the journey, as massive 162 mile ride to the 400th store, Hinkley.

Andrew continues; “The challenge is also a great way to celebrate the launch of our 400th store in Hinckley, which is the latest addition in our nationwide store expansion programme. We will see a total of 60 brand new Screwfix stores in 2015 to give local tradesmen even better access to all the essentials they need.”

The Screwfix Foundation works with two charity partners, Barnardo’s and Macmillan Cancer Support.