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Gary Hickman and Jim Watts in Brighton
Two Lichfield workmates have taken on the largest cycling event in Europe. Gary Hickman and Jim Watts from Midlands Co-op’s Lichfield-based head office have taken part in the British Heart Foundation (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride. Workmates, Gary (38) and Jim (43) joined 27,000 other cyclists to cycle the challenging 54 mile route on June 21. They raised over £1,000 as part of their commitment to helping the BHF, Midlands Co-op’s staff-elected charity partner for 2008 and 2009.  Commercial Accounting Manager, Jim said:
“Cycling the London to Brighton bike ride was a real challenge but it was great fun and we gave it everything. The BHF’s welcome and support along the route was fantastic.” 
Travel Sales Development Manager, Gary added:
“We were really surprised by the huge amount of people taking part in the event. We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us, including family members, friends, work colleagues and even members of the public.”
If you still would like to donate to Gary and Jim’s appeal, please visit their justgiving page on which will stay open until September 29. As well as the London to Brighton Bike Ride, the BHF also organises many other cycling events throughout the year. To find out more please visit or call 0845 130 8663.  Julie Sorrell, Head of Events at the British Heart Foundation added:
“Thanks to Gary and Jim and all of their supporters the British Heart Foundation can continue to fund its lifesaving work, improving the lives of those suffering with heart disease.”


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