Budding high flyers, Supermarket staff and customers have all backed this year's Sport Relief appeal which saw kind-hearted Air Cadets attempt to complete the first ever in store 'Supermarket Triathlon'.
Employees at the Nuneaton branch of Sainsbury's have been backing this year's Sport Relief with a range of fundraising activities and had asked the Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron to come in to the store on Saturday 22nd March to help with the collection.
So in a bid to come up with a fun sporty way of raising money the cadets thought they needed to do something completely different, something that had never been done before and that's when the idea of conducting an In-Store Triathlon first sprang to mind. But how on earth do you Swim, Cycle and Run your way around a busy Supermarket.
Well thanks to Nuffield Health in Nuneaton who said they could supply some sports equipment, the problem was solved. So using a rowing machine - the nearest we could get to swimming, an exercise bike and a running machine the scene was set for the first ever In-Store Triathlon.
Come Saturday morning the Air Cadets were all raring to go when disaster struck. Apparently the rowing machine had developed a mechanical fault (one of the more enthusiastic Sainsbury's girls had sunk our boat). No strangers to having to adapt and revise a plan the Air Cadets, thanks to the outstanding generosity of Sainsbury's customers, Cycled and Ran their way to an outstanding collection of £428.28 in aide of the Sport Relief appeal
Although money is still coming in, activities staged at the Nuneaton branch of Sainsbury's have already amassed a massive £2206.00 for Sport Relief 2014.
Kath Moreton, spokesperson for the Nuneaton Sainsbury's store said, “We are so glad that the Nuneaton Air Cadets have given up their time to come into the store and help to collect for Sport Relief. I think it's so good for people to see the youngsters both having fun and doing their bit to help to boost the Sport Relief collection. They did an excellent job and I would take this opportunity to thank them all”
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, officer commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron added: “ Nuneaton based Air Cadets answered the call to do something Sporty for Money in aid of Sport Relief 2014. We didn't quite manage to complete the first ever Sainsbury's In-Store 'Supermarket Triathlon' but we had lots of fun and gave it our best”.
“Determined to do their bit to help raise money for those less fortunate than themselves, our cadets have donned their sports kit and helped to raise £428.28 and that's almost 20% of the current Nuneaton Sainsbury's total.”
He added, “The wonderful thing about this is that the whole idea of doing something in aid of Sport Relief came from the cadets themselves, simply their way of showing that they care.”
More Photographs from the Sport Relief 'Supermarket Triathlon'