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Brothers due to depart on two wheeled countrywide adventure
TWO brothers are due to depart on a two-wheeled adventure that will take them on a countrywide supermarket sweep.
Supermarket workers Richard Gray, 21, and his older brother Leigh, 26, are to call in at 26 Tesco stores as part of a 370-mile cycle ride.
Their journey will take them on a circular route from and to Portland on January 18, travelling to 26 stores in the region, as far afield as Guildford.
The duo are hoping to complete the cycle ride in 10 to 12 days.
Richard, who lives with his brother in Chiswell, said: “We should get on okay because we live with each other.
“Sometimes we fight, but that’s what brothers tend to do.”
The route will take the brothers to Tesco branches including Dorchester, Poole, Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke, Hook and Guildford.
At each store they will be greeted by the manager and put up for the night by Tesco employees.
The brothers, who are originally from Leicester, raised awareness about their ride at the Portland store.
Customers and staff have pledged around £300 in sponsorship so far.
Store community champion Debbie Lindoe said: “We are immensely proud of them.
“The brothers would like to say a massive thank you to all who have sponsored them already, and are looking forward to their task ahead.
“If anyone would like to sponsor them they can call into the store and there will be a sponsorship form at the customer service desk.”
Richard, who works in the produce section of the shop, said he and Leigh originally planned to cycle to Land’s End.
“We decided to change it because we spoke to the shop manager about it and decided what we’re doing would be more unusual.
“As far as we know, we’re the first to do something like this. We’ve been training a couple of times a week for it, we’ve been doing 20 miles a day.
“Once we’re doing the challenge we’ll be hoping to do up to 50 miles a day, but we’ll have to take the winter weather into account.
“We’re not sure how much we will raise overall, but we’ve been so happy with how supportive everyone has been.
“If we can get nearly £1,000, that will all go towards helping save a person’s life, then it will all be worthwhile,” he said.
The brothers can be sponsored by filling in their sponsorship form at the Portland Tesco customer service desk.