Westcliff casino staff rev up the pedal power for hospital appeal

Top effort - Genting Club general manager Simon Woodford and public relations and marketing manager John Harland

Top effort - Genting Club general manager Simon Woodford and public relations and marketing manager John Harland

First published in News

GENEROUS staff are “cycling around the world” to raise cash for a Southend Hospital appeal.

Workers at the Genting Club casino, inWestern Esplanade, are doing their bit for the keyhole cancer fundraising drive by using exercise bikes to carry out the sponsored cycle.

As part of the appeal, static bikes have been put in offices across Southend over the last two months as the hospital try to reach the target of cycling “Around the World (or 24,901.55 miles) in 80 Days”.

With the challenge due to be completed at the end of the month, staff at the club swapped roulette wheels for bicycle wheels for one last push to the finish line. John Harland, public relations and marketing manager at the Genting Club, said: “We believe in supporting local charities and all our staff were keen to get involved in this challenge.

“Some of us are fitter than others, but we all wanted to give it a go for such a great cause.

“We are raising money through sponsorship and donations and our customers have given generous support, with some having a go on the bikes, too.”

The club clocked up 300 miles and raised £150 towards the £600,000 target when two bikes were set up at the club earlier this month.

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8:17am Thu 1 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

I'd rather keep the money for myself to honest. After 'cycling around the world' i'd want £20,000.
I'd rather keep the money for myself to honest. After 'cycling around the world' i'd want £20,000. Adrenaline_Junkie
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10:15am Thu 1 May 14

the citizen says...

"The club clocked up 300 miles and raised £150 towards the £600,000 target when two bikes were set up at the club earlier this month."

£150 for 300 miles cycled = 50p per mile in total.Between 2 bikes is 25ppm. Speed for a slow casual cycle is around 7mph (double walking speed) It would have taken them 43 hours to raise £150. that's £3.49 per hour. Between 2 bikes = £1.75 per hour per bike.
Now every little helps and £150 is better than nothing. But...SURELY they could have done a little better between them for all the "sponsorship and donations and our customers have given generous support" ? Just saying....... Hopefully, the Echo got the number of zeros wrong. Otherwise very cheap publicity.
"The club clocked up 300 miles and raised £150 towards the £600,000 target when two bikes were set up at the club earlier this month." £150 for 300 miles cycled = 50p per mile in total.Between 2 bikes is 25ppm. Speed for a slow casual cycle is around 7mph (double walking speed) It would have taken them 43 hours to raise £150. that's £3.49 per hour. Between 2 bikes = £1.75 per hour per bike. Now every little helps and £150 is better than nothing. But...SURELY they could have done a little better between them for all the "sponsorship and donations and our customers have given generous support" ? Just saying....... Hopefully, the Echo got the number of zeros wrong. Otherwise very cheap publicity. the citizen
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12:14pm Thu 1 May 14

the citizen says...

Having now read the Echo, it appears they actually raised £750...which is much more worthy of mention. I applaud their effort (especially Leon's). Can the Echo web team PLEASE get their facts right?
Having now read the Echo, it appears they actually raised £750...which is much more worthy of mention. I applaud their effort (especially Leon's). Can the Echo web team PLEASE get their facts right? the citizen
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