Cycling midnight miles for charity

Sewell on the go Managing Director Patrick Sewell helped to raise £6,637.50 for a children’s charity by cycling almost 70 miles through the night.

The Nightrider London event on June 4 saw 2,500 cyclists complete the 67-mile route across London, all in support of Kidscape.

Patrick was part of a team of 14 alongside supplier Delta Refrigeration and started cycling at 11.30pm, burning 4,500 calories in 5 hours and 55 minutes.

Patrick said: “We started at the Olympic Stadium and cyled north, east, south and west.

“We travelled from Highgate and Hampsted Heath, to Chelsea and Kensington, then to The Mall and the West End, onto Greenwich and Crystal Palace, returning across Tower Bridge, through Tower Hamlets and back to the Olympic Park.

“The charity was set up to help children, trying to keep them free from bullying and abuse.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me.”

 

Defibrillators provide reassurance for Fitmums and wider community

A group of fitness fans who provide support and offer friendship through running and walking now have access to defibrillators on their exercise routes thanks to a leading forecourt operator. 

Sewell on the go has installed the potentially life-saving equipment in six of its 12 stores, providing safe havens for Fitmums and Friends, as well as the wider community, at locations across Hull and the East Riding. 

The initiative has been coordinated by the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Smile Foundation. 

Fitmums and Friends founder Sam Barlow, from Cottingham, who received a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List for services to fitness, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. 

“I’m a cardiac nurse by background and that’s where I started my nursing, so I know how important the defibrillators are. 

“For the wider public, and sometimes Fitmums, you hear about people collapsing at events. I don’t think we need to worry but we will have the defibrillators on some of our routes and we have an interested, dynamic bunch of people who might be willing to learn how to use them. 

“Having safe havens at Sewell on the go stores is fantastically reassuring anyway. But this makes us gold standard. It’s a real positive for us.” 

Fitmums and Friends runs adult running and walking groups in Cottingham, east Hull, west Hull, Beverley and Hedon, as well as junior groups in Cottingham, north Hull and Beverley, and a buggy session in east Hull on a weekly basis.  

A new group has also been launched in South Yorkshire, with further groups planned for Withernsea and North Yorkshire. 

It was initially started by Sam in 2009, when her eldest child started school, and she arranged to meet five other parents on her driveway for a run to keep fit and active. 

Since then, Fitmums and Friends has grown to include 700 members, including almost 100 juniors, as well as fathers, grandparents, other relatives, mums-to-be and friends. It also includes about 80 run leaders and coaches.

Patrick Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell on the go, said: “We have defibrillators in place at Sewell on the go in Cottingham, Chanterlands Avenue, South Cave, Sutton, Maybury and Hull West, and we hope to roll this out to all 12 of our stores in the not too distant future.

“Some of these cover Fitmums routes and we are delighted to be a safe haven for them, providing peace of mind, as well as water and toilets if needed, on their routes. 

“We are in the process of training our staff in the use of defibrillators, which we believe is a vital and potentially lifesaving skill, and this is a great addition to the existing offering at our Sewell on the go sites. 

“It’s beneficial for the community as a whole and, although we hope the defibrillators are not needed, it’s a positive step to have them in place just in case.”

Charity’s 2,000th cycle off to Africa with support from Sewell on the go

A West Hull charity will send its 2,000th bike to Africa this month.

The Avenues Bicycle Project has been sending bikes to the continent since 2012.

But now, it will celebrate a major milestone when it makes its next shipment of 380 bikes to Sierra Leone on Monday, February 22.

When the charity started, bikes were stored in sheds and garages across the Avenues.

Now it has a secure storage point at Sewell on the go in Chanterlands Avenue.

The site gives them increased storage and the peace of mind of 24 hours a day CCTV and lighting.

Chris Jarrell, founder of the charity, said sending the next shipment was a huge accomplishment.

“This is a very important milestone for us,” he said.

“We are a charity that survives on volunteer power, so I’m very proud of what we have achieved.

“It just shows what can happen when people come together.”

Mr Jarrell, 60, started the charity out of his own love for cycling.

He used his bike for his daily commute but, when he retired, he wanted to donate it to a worthy cause.

But when he could not find anywhere to donate the bike to, he decided to set up his own charity and the operation grew from there.

Mr Jarrell said his experiences of cycling were a strong motivating factor in starting the charity.

He said: “I’ve been a lifelong cyclist, so I know exactly how much a bike can have an impact on someone’s life.

“It’s a way for people to travel and, in a place like Sierra Leone, it can mean the difference of getting education or not.

“It means a child can make the long journey to school and come back, and still be able to help the family out with work that needs to be done.”

Patrick Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell on the go, said: “We were approached last year by a local charity who had a need for storage for refurbished cycles to send out to Africa.

“It seemed like an obvious charity to help, in that we had some surplus space and we were right on the doorstep for them. We operate 24 hours and thus provided greater security for their container.”

Following the new space created by the latest shipment to Sierra Leone, Mr Jarrell has appealed for more bikes to be donated.

Call 07715307942 to donate a bike to the Avenues Bicycle Project.

Christmas cheer at South Cave service station

Sewell on the go is offering one lucky South Cave service station customer the chance to have Christmas on us.

Using their Your Rewards card, customers who spend £10 in store five times between November 16 and December 10, 2015, will be entered into a prize draw to win £500 in time for Christmas.

The special festive gesture has been launched to help celebrate the recent reopening of the £1.5 million 24-hour service station on the M62 corridor.

The forecourt is part of a multi-million pound investment in the Sewell on the go estate, with further plans in the pipeline for next year.

Patrick Sewell, Manager Director of Sewell on the go, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be back in South Cave after reopening our doors to customers on November 17.

“We’ve got the biggest range of local produce ever stocked on the site and plenty to offer our valued customers, as well as improved access to the eight-pump forecourt, Costa and also Subway on the way in early 2016.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers and announcing who has won £500, which we’re sure will be a welcome treat in time for Christmas.”

Alongside the £500 winnner, £100 runner-up prizes are up for grabs and the winners will be announced at a Christmas Cracker event at the service station on Saturday, December 12, from 3pm to 5pm.

With the festive period just around the corner, Sewell on the go has planned a special event for the community, including Santa’s grotto, children’s goody bags, face painting, Christmas refreshments and reindeer, and everyone is welcome to attend.