Tracey leads way on a special day

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DOCTORS’ secretary Tracey Abraham cycled from Bognor Regis to London for a top cause.

Tracey pedalled on a static bike for almost three hours during a fundraising event at the town’s Day Lewis Pharmacy.

She covered some 80km during her time in the saddle at the pharmacy in the Maywood Health Centre. Her efforts helped the pharmacy’s staff to make a £3,000-plus donation to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

“I’m always happy to raise money for the hospice because it’s a good cause,” said keen runner Tracey, 50. “The cycling was alright to start with but it’s beginning to hurt now.”

The original goal was to cycle 70km in the day but Tracey’s fitness, and the efforts of those who replaced her for 30 minutes, ensured 100km was a more realistic target.

The pharmacy’s staff joined in with a tombola and sale stall which included homemade cakes.

Accuracy checking technician Hilary Carter said: “We had 145 items donated for the tombola and another 30 for the stall.

“We’ve also had two large cheques which will boost our final amount. It’s the first day like this we’ve held in the nine years we have been open and the amount we’ve raised is absolutely fantastic.”

The efforts of the pharmacy on Hawthorn Road brought in more than £1,500. This will be doubled by its parent company to mark its 38th birthday.