DOWNHAM MARKET: UK award for cyclist’s amazing £11,000 ride

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After cycling almost 400 miles to raise £11,000 for charity, a supermarket worker’s efforts have been recognised with a Fundraiser of the Year Award.

Gary Stabler, 22, who works as a better service manager at Downham’s Tesco store, said: “I was surprised and thrilled to discover I’d won this fantastic award and would like to say a huge thank you to all my colleagues and customers who have helped fundraise over the past year.

“The fact so many people’s lives are touched by cancer united us all to raise as much money as possible to help support Cancer Research UK.”

Mr Stabler set himself the challenge of cycling the 386 miles between the 26 Tesco stores in East Anglia over six days in February. Despite never having cycled much previously he braved sub-zero temperatures and wore a pink tutu to take on the challenge.

Mr Stabler was nominated for Individual Fundraiser of the Year in the Cancer Research UK and Tesco Charity of the Year awards by colleagues at Downham’s Tesco store.

He was presented with his trophy at an awards ceremony hosted by Liz McClarnon from Atomic Kitten and Lee Brennan from 911 at the British Music Experience at the O2, London

Richard Taylor, Cancer Research UK executive director of fundraising, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Gary for his total commitment to raising money for Cancer Research UK. The dedication he has put into raising vital funds has been truly inspiring.”