BUDDING Bradley Wiggins at a Worcester DIY store will be teaming up with a nearby fitness centre in a bid to raise some money and beat blood cancer.

Staff at Wickes on Shrub Hill Retail Park in Tallow Hill will take inspiration from the Tour De France when they tackle their own Around The World Challenge later this month in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Personal trainers at the nearby Fit For Free gym are supporting the home improvement experts in their task, taking place from Friday, August 22, to Monday, August 25, by supplying an exercise bike for the cyclothon.

During the event branch staff aim to cover more than 100 miles in a nationwide attempt by Wickes stores to cover the near 25,000-mile length of Earth’s circumference.

Francis Jacombs, store manager, said: “Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is a remarkable charity and we’re proud to support their life-saving work.

"The Wickes Around The World Challenge is going to be a tough task for the team, especially if the weather remains as warm as it is, but we’re determined to go the extra mile and raise as much money as possible. We hope the people of Worcester join us in supporting this very worthy cause.”

Danielle Chinn, branch manager of Fit For Free Worcester, added: “We are honoured to be supporting the Worcester Wickes team by providing them with static bikes for their combined attempt to travel around the Earth’s circumference, all for a very worthwhile cause.

"Pop down and show them your support too.”

Wickes has raised £1.6 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which is dedicated to conducting research into blood cancers, since striking up a partnership with the charity in October 2006.

Cathy Gilman, chief executive of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: "Wickes has shown an incredible commitment and dedication to fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research since the partnership began. To raise this amount of money is amazing and it will make a real difference to the lives of people touched by all blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”