A quintet of friends are swapping their aprons for saddles as they take on their biggest ever challenge in memory of their colleagues’ mothers who lost their fight to cancer.
Sam Pateman, Ricky Reeve, Ricky Chesse, Ryan Mitchel and Alex Simmons from the Frosts Garden Centre Restaurant will cycle 150 miles after Sophie and Charlotte Standen and Emily and Charlotte Brazier lost their mums to cancer within six months of each other.
Sam Pateman said: “FFA stands for Frosts Family Appeal – because we think of the restaurant as a family, individuals who work together and care about each other.”
The crew will leave Wigan on Monday, June 30 and cycle 150 miles to Northampton within two days and then run 20 miles from Northampton to the Garden Centre on the third day. They are aiming to be back at Frosts at 6pm on June 3.
James Frost, Managing Director at Frosts Garden Centre said: “This is a very grand and honourable challenge and for a wonderful set of causes. I wish them all the very best in their training and the challenge itself and look forward to welcoming them over the finish line.”
The practice bikes were generously donated to the boys by Glyn Brazier - Emily and Charlotte’s father - to train with and the road bikes are being donated by Halfords.
All the money raised will go to Bereavement for Children UK and Macmillan Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.
They have set up a Facebook page; and a Virgin money donations page called FFA www.virginmoneygiving.com/FFA