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Rallying to the Sport Relief cause in Dacorum

Staff at Sainsbury's Woodhall Farm fundraise for Sport Relief 2014.

Staff at Sainsbury's Woodhall Farm fundraise for Sport Relief 2014.

Both Hemel Hempstead’s Sainsbury’s stores at Apsley Mills and Woodhall Farm got into the Sport Relief spirit by taking on a range of fitness challenges in order to inspire shoppers to part with their pennies.

Woodhall Farm staff welcomed sporting royalty with a visit from Martina Navratilova and Sir Bradley Wiggins – later revealed to be the supermarket’s manager and commercial manager Mike Thomas and Mike Judge in disguise.

With one of the bobsleigh helmets worn by Team GB in Sochi’s Winter Olympics as a raffle prize and Mike Judge helping to pedal the distance from the store to Paris on an exercise bike over three days, the team collected £1,500 with more donations still flooding in.

Over the river in Apsley Mills, a rowing challenge aimed to cover the width of the UK on a rowing machine, while a ‘flashmob’ dance troupe stormed the lobby.

Store worker Bee Rai also ran alongside Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King in Stevenage on Saturday, as part of Justin’s own Sport Relief Games challenges across the country.

The store also held a table top sale and belly dancing shows raising a total so far of £4,500.

Both stores have been selling Sport Relief merchandise featuring T-shirts and dog toys to headbands and onesies, with the majority of the selling price going towards the charity telethon which this year raised more than £51 million.

> At the Pooh Corner Nursery and Pre-School, Berkhamsted, the Pooh Corner Bake off had a great response from families across all age groups.

There were cupcakes, sugar free cakes, fruit cakes, sponge cake of varying designs and flavours.

Cook Karen Malt was the judge and she took presentation and taste into account when making her decision.

She decided to award first prize two cakes as it was too close to call.

They were a beautifully decorated fish full of smarties and a chocolate button chocolate cake.

The judging was followed by a cake sale of all the entries which raised £67.

> A group of trainee beauty therapists put their new found skills to good use in a bid to raise funds for Sport Relief.

For the first time, the girls and their tutor Rachel Halling held a 12-hour massage-a-thon at the college in Wigginton and members of the public were able to indulge in an hour’s full body rub down for a minimum of a £15 donation towards the charity.

Between 10am and 10pm, the event proved very popular and the students raised more than £1,000. As a result, Rachel revealed she’s keen to hold the event again next year.

She said: “It’s gone really well and the girls have enjoyed themselves, even though they’re a bit tired.

“It’s great practice for the girls as they can really work on their technique.

“We gave them all a massage at the end of night in return for their hard work.”

> Year 7 pupil at Astley Cooper school Calista Dickson has taken on her own fundraising target of £200 for Sport Relief. The 11-year-old, who has already raised funds for animal charity WWF and The People’s Trust in the last year, collected spare change at The Heights shops in Highfield throughout last week, and followed that up by running three miles at the Olympic Park on Sunday.

Her mum Tessa Burnham said: “Instead of playing with her friends she gets them to help raise money with her.

“She’s a great kid who cares more about others and wants to raise awareness for her causes.

“Calista really deserves to be recognised because people often do not want to give money to a child as they think they will spend it, yet she is so careful.

“She has a sealed box that she gives to me to bank and then does a direct transfer the same day.

“She makes sure that every penny raised goes to her charities.”

 

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