STAFF from two of Bury’s most popular fast-food outlets have surpassed all expectations after climbing Mount Snowdon to raise funds for Bury Hospice.

Workers at Chunky Chicken and My Dessert, in Walmersley Road, raised more than £11,000, far above their original £7,533 target.

After hearing positive feedback from customers about the hospice, Chunky Chicken owner Mohammad Yusuf decided he wanted to give something back.

He said: “It’s an awesome feeling to say we accomplished this and it was a really fantastic day.

“I’m proud to say we smashed our target and it could not have gone better because the response has been amazing.

“The only downside was the weather which was not brilliant and once we got to the top, it was very misty so it was hard to see the view.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the people who donated. Words cannot describe how I feel, I didn’t expect it to go this well.

“We really appreciate all of the incredibly generous donations and we’re extremely grateful to Bury Hospice for the great work they do and the staff there have been so supportive in helping us get this done.

“From our point of view, it was a great day for staff to bond and see each other outside of work. It got tough but everyone just kept going.

The joint team of 19 set off at 3.30am and began the assent at approximately 7am, arriving back in Bury for 6pm. To give staff time to recuperate, the shops have been closed for a spell.

Mohammad said he would like to do a regular annual hike for the hospice and added: “There are some stunning places in the UK and some other great mountains such as Helvellyn I would love to climb to raise more money.”

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