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Six cyclists from a Gailey garden centre successfully completed a 105-mile ride to Milton Keynes celebrating a significant company anniversary and raising money for children with disabilities.

Dobbies who serve 18 million people across 35 UK stores each year are celebrating 150-years since the company was founded by a former Chief Constable, James Dobbie. To mark this milestone workers are taking part in the ‘Tour de Fleur Cycle Challenge’, riding from branch to branch and clocking up over 2,000 miles.

David Gregory (Deputy Manager), Brian Trubshaw (Aquatics Expert), Becky Lawrence (Stock Controller), Durmot Jelfs (Customer Service Advisor), Sarah Pann (Receptionist) were joined by Jamie Dickson (Financial Analyist) from the Edinburgh office for the leg from Gailey to Milton Keynes. They all stopped at the Atherstone branch on the way.

Dobbie’s Charity Champion, Lisa Bird who assisted the cyclists on route said: “I’m so happy to be working with Newlife Foundation and feel the response we have received from our supporters in store has been generous. We raised over £300 on Friday and hope to hit our target of £500, which we are proud to say will benefit children and their families locally.”

Cannock based Newlife is the largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK and every penny donated or fundraised is guaranteed to support families.

Further information about Newlife and how to specifically donate or fundraise can be found by going to by emailing Telephone donations can be made by calling 01543 462 777.

Together we can really change the lives of children with disabilities and terminal illness – supporting them to experience and enjoy life and all that we take for granted.

Newlife supports equipment provision for under-19s facing any significant disability, whether acquired through birth defect, prematurity, accident or illness.

“The partnership with Gailey Dobbies has been fantastic,” explained Keleigh Tomlinson, Newlife’s Midlands Regional Fundraising & Awareness Manager. “Lisa Bird has been extremely supportive and it was great seeing the cyclists off in high spirits at seven ‘o’ clock in the morning.

“One hundred per cent of all the money raised will go towards funding specialist equipment for children with disabilities locally and I feel Dobbies really appreciate this. Well done to all the cyclists that took part and thank you for all your support!”

Donations and fundraising provides essential equipment for children with disabilities that often cannot be supplied elsewhere. Fundraising might involve taking part in a local sporting challenge, give you information on how to organise a fundraising event – or even ask you to donate £5 today! Volunteers are also needed to help raise awareness of what we do and how we do it.

To find out more about fundraising, telephone Keleigh on 07973 473268.

If you would like to add to the Gailey Dobbies Newlife Charity Fund click on:

Pictured: Newlifes National Head of Fundraising Michael Bolton (centre) with Dobbies cyclists left to right Brian Trubshaw, Sarah Pann, Durmot Jelfs, Dave Gregory, Becky Lawrence and James Dickenson