Raising money for charities in a fix

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Tony Franchetti from the Screwfix store in Hawick has taken part in Tour de Screwfix – a mammoth 5,500-mile national cycle relay ro raise money for The Screwfix Foundation.

The foundation is a charity which 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 each over an eight-week period with a target to raise £100,000 for The Screwfix Foundation.

Tony Franchetti from the Hawick store covered the Hawick to Dumfries leg of the challenge, covering 56.6 miles.

He said: “The Tour De Screwfix was a fantastic challenge to be part of. Everyone should be really proud of the part they played and I can’t wait to see the final amount we’ve all helped to raise.”

The foundation is now calling out for charities in and around Hawick to apply for a share of the funds raised by the event.

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 the company’s head office.

Twenty-one head office employees will then embark on the final leg of the journey which is a massive 162-mile ride to the 400th store in Hinkley.

The foundation works with two national charity partners, Barnardo’s children’s charity and Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as smaller, local registered charities, which are carrying out projects which involve fixing, maintaining or repairing buildings or facilities for those in need.

To apply for funding, visit www.screwfixfoundation.com