At halfway point in Around the World quest, Branston workers on track to hit goal

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One of the more unique charitable causes in the produce industry has reached the halfway mark, and Branston employees are proving up to the challenge.

The national potato supplier's workers - trying to complete a fitness quest of nearly 25,000 miles in 80 days - have walked, run and cycled more than 12,500 miles. 

The 100-plus employees are efforting to support the company's charities of the year, with staff from all sites boosting their fitness and raising much-needed funds for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance, Children’s Hospice South West and Rachel House, which is run by Children's Hospices Across Scotland. 

“We’re really proud of all the team for getting involved and helping us to achieve our goal for our chosen charities," James Truscott, managing director at Branston said:  "We’ve had staff from all our sites walking, running and cycling. Some are fitting it in to their lunchbreaks or after work, while some are making the most of some very active weekends and holidays.” 

To complete the Around the World in 80 Days challenge, Branston says the team must cover more than 300 miles a day and is currently just 56 miles ahead of its projected target - having reached the Pacific Ocean, just above the islands of Tonga.   

“We’ve been really lucky with the weather so far and we anticipate it will become more of a challenge as the winter months approach," James said. "However, our employees are really pushing themselves to go out and exercise, and we all look forward to reaching the virtual finish line.” 

The challenge launched on Saturday 8 August and will finish on Monday 26 October. 

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