Town cheers on charity cyclist
Handbag mum wins award
A CYCLIST is taking on a 1,000 mile challenge in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.
Chris Day is cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats to raise money for the charity which helps patients from Bollington, Macclesfield and the surrounding area.
He lives in Bollington with his wife Rosie and is a regular at The Poachers Inn.
Chris enjoyed a hero’s welcome at the pub when he stopped off in Bollington on his route, before setting off the next day to carry on his charity challenge.
Chris, who works at AstraZeneca, said he hopes other cyclists will join him along the route.
Chris said: “I’m doing this on my own and unsupported.
“Although my original reason for trying this was as a challenge to myself, I am also using it as an opportunity to raise some money for a great local charity, East A HANDBAG maker who designs mum-friendly products has won an award for her work.
Mum-of-three Keri Jamieson, 40, runs KeriKit which was named Small Business of the Week by Nick Brown, a business expert with a prime slot on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2.
Keri, from Pott Shrigley, set up the company just nine months ago after a 15-year career designing handbags for major Cheshire Hospice.
“I’m hoping other cyclists will join me for part of the route, as it would be great to have some company.
“East Cheshire Hospice does stunning work.
“It’s provided a lot of help and support to a lot of people and this is my way of trying to give something back to them.”
Chris set off on Sunday, August 2 and aims to finish on Thursday, August 13. The route saw him cycling through Bollington on Thursday, August 6.
He hopes people will help him reach his target of £1 per mile.
Helen and Rob Ellwood from The Poachers Inn encouraged people to go along to the pub and show their support for Chris as he peddled through the town.
Helen said: “Staff and customers here at the Poachers Inn are backing Chris on his epic bike ride.
“He’s one of our high street brands.
Her bags provide mothers and busy women with functional, highquality and fashionable bags designed to make life easier.
With waiting lists growing, Keri is expecting business to boom in the second half of 2015.
Keri said: “It’s an honour to be named small business of the week.
“I’m starting to see all my hard work pay off and can’t wait to see the business expand and be able to provide more regulars and comes in for the quiz. We’re right behind him for such a good cause.”
Sponsor Chris by visiting justgiving.com/ Christopher-Day2 women with stylish and practical products.”
Keri received the award after appearing on the Radio 2 show to discuss finding finance for new businesses.
Nick Brown said: “KeriKit is a small business with a unique idea and I’m thrilled to present the award.”
Keri will debut new purses, make-up bags and cross-body bags at The Ultimate Christmas Fair at Liverpool Exhibition Centre from November 26 to 29.
●● Helen Ellwood, landlady at The Poachers Inn, cyclist Chris Day and Kate Hamnett, also from The Poachers
●● Keri Jamieson with one of her KeriKit handbags, made specially with busy mums in mind