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Gale pedals through the corridors of Parliament for Sport Relief 2014

March 6th 2014


Sir Roger Gale met Olympic gold rowing medallist James Cracknell on Tuesday 4 March at the Sport Relief Parliamentary Pedal Reception in the House of Commons 

Roger  took on the Parliamentary Pedal challenge on a bicycle to  encourage  constituents to sign up to the Sport Relief games

Sainsbury’s customers can take part in the Thanet and Whitstable Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games on Sunday 23rd March, buy Sport Relief merchandise or make a donation to Sport Relief in-store

MP for Margate, Herne Bay and The Villages, Sir Roger Gale ,is encouraging everyone to get fundraising and to sign up to the first-ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games this year after attending the official Sport Relief 2014 Parliamentary launch reception. 

At the event, MPs and Peers were given the opportunity to get involved in the ‘Parliamentary Pedal’ challenge –Roger completed the challenge of cycling half a mile on an exercise bike in 1`19”, beating many other colleagues. He said:  “The Parliamentary Pedal was great fun and I hope I can encourage others to get out there and fundraise – whether that is through involvement in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, purchasing some of the great merchandise or donating.”

As well as getting on the bicycles for Sport Relief, Sir Roger met James Cracknell, British rowing champion and double Olympic gold medallist. Roger said: “Taking part in the Parliamentary Pedal was great – and exhausting but if I can do it then anyone can. Sport Relief is an amazing event and the cash raised can change lives at home and abroad. I hope that lots of people in North Thanet, young and old, will get involved”.

Roger Gale and James Cracknell

Sarah Warby, Marketing Director at Sainsbury’s said: “We’re really proud of our Sport Relief sponsorship and pleased to see so many MPs taking part in our Parliamentary Pedal.  Sainsbury’s has raised over £74 million since 1999 and this year, we are really excited to be sponsoring the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.  We’re hoping to get 160,000 people involved with running, swimming or cycling at events across the country to raise money for Sport Relief.”


Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive of Comic Relief said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many MPs take part in the Sainsbury’s Parliamentary Pedal.  We hope the support that Roger Gale has given to Sport Relief will inspire their constituents to do their bit at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games to help raise money and change lives on the doorstop in the UK and around the world.”

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014 and the public can join in the fun by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country. To find out where your nearest event is taking place, visit

Roger Gale and Graham Evans

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