As part of our mission to clock up 20,000 miles and £20,000 for Home-Start, Adrian, Carl, and I (Ben) have signed up to do a bit of cycling.. There will also be special guest appearances along the way from Dunelm legend Tim Slade, Steve Barton, and Jonathan Baumber.

Never one to be outdone, Adrian has devised an 800 mile route. We'll be completing the route over 5 days. For a bit of perspective, our first day will be around 50 miles longer than the longest stage of this year's Tour De France, which is done by proper athletes. Even though we'll be sharing the miles, and are at the peak of physical fitness, we think this may be pretty tough.

We'll be starting in Scotland and finishing at SSC in Syston, passing by 12 of our stores. On the way we pass through the Lake District, the Peak District, and the Cotswolds. None of which are known for being flat..

This all seemed like a great idea, until we seen the route planned on the map above, and now it just seems like absolute madness. But every mile will be worthwhile if we manage to hit our target as a business. Please donate whatever you can to this great cause, it really will give us the motivation to keep going, especially on day 5..

Many thanks
Adrian, Carl, Tim, and Ben Ben Waterfield