15 June 2012
Hundreds of colleagues from Lincolnshire Co-operative will be skipping, hula hooping, rollerskating and even pushing trolleys on sections of a mammoth 425-mile relay organised to raise money for good causes.
The Flying the Flag Relay takes place from Tuesday, June 26th until Saturday July 7th and will involve members of staff carrying a special flag around every one of Lincolnshire Co-op’s 75 food stores.
Teams from each store will be joined on the relay by colleagues from surrounding outlets like post offices, travel branches, pharmacies and home 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 can’t 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.
The team at Queen Elizabeth Road Food Store in Lincoln will be getting to Burton Road Food Store, 1.3 miles away, using a wheelbarrow full of baked beans.
Queen Elizabeth Road Community Liason Representative Emma Bell said: “We’re doing something a bit different. We’re borrowing a wheelbarrow from some nearby builders and filling it with cold baked beans. Our colleague Bev Humphreys is going to sit in it and we’ll be taking it in turns to push her down the road. I think it’ll be ok, but I don’t know about Bev!”
The relay is taking place during national Co-operatives Fortnight (23rd June to 7th July) an awareness campaign that aims to show off the diversity and the benefits of the co-operative movement.
Money raised through sponsorship and collections during the event will go towards Lincolnshire Co-op’s two charities for 2012, Plan UK and Pascal.
Lincolnshire Co-op Charity of the Year Co-ordinator Faye Niblett said: “We are delighted that so many of our staff are getting involved to fly our flag around the county. The thought that has gone into coming up with bizarre ways of travelling is brilliant and shows great dedication to raising money for our two charities of the year.”