NATIONAL potato supplier Branston is more than halfway through its challenge to virtually travel around the world in 80 days, to support its chosen charities of the year. 


With over 100 employees and suppliers taking part across its three sites, the company is on track to reach its target of 24,901 miles, with its team having so far walked, run and cycled more than 12,500 miles in 40 days. 


In order to complete the challenge, the team needs to 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.   


James Truscott, managing director at Branston said: “We’re really proud of all the team for getting involved and helping us to achieve our goal for our chosen charities. 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.” 


The around the world challenge is the latest campaign to support the organisation’s chosen charities of the year, with staff from all its 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. 


James added: “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. 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. 


If you’d like to donate to Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance please visit, 


If you’d like to donate to Children’s Hospice South West please visit, 


If you’d like to donate to Rachel House; Children's Hospices Across Scotland please visit, 


Branston is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of potatoes - for leading UK retailers and wholesalers - as well as providing seed for potato growers. 


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