Staff triathlon for charity was tough going

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GARDEN centre workers raised more than £1,500 with a sponsored triathlon event in aid of people who suffer with dementia.

Eight Hillier Garden Centre employees aged between 16 and 69 took on the challenge on Monday, July 18, to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

They set off from the store, on Leighton Buzzard Road, Hemel Hempstead and cycled to Aylesbury swimming pool where they swam 20 lengths before they walked three miles around Ivinghoe Beacon.

Staff member Glynn Clifton-Smith, aged 69, said: “I went excellently well but Toms Hill was tough.

“We had an over-ambitious target of £3,000 but I think that £1,700 raised isn’t bad at all.”

All 14 of the Hillier Garden Centres across the country will be doing in-store fundraising for the charity until 2013.

Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser for Hertfordshire Jade Rolph, said: “In Hertfordshire there are already thought to be more than 13,000 people with dementia and by 2021, that number is likely to reach more than 17,000.

“Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on income from fundraising events like the Hillier triathlon to continue our vital work.”