Town cheers on char­ity cy­clist

Hand­bag mum wins award

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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 just­giv­ 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.

Pic by Steve Mur­phy

●● 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

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