A GENEROUS Prestwich landlady has had her staff cycling 300 miles to raise money for food banks.

Cayley Gee, landlord of Joseph Holt’s The Friendship Inn, decided to place an exercise bike in front of her pub for members of staff to climb on board and cycle on at their leisure.

In relay with 10 members of her front-of-house team, Cayley spent a weekend doing a ‘virtual’ pub crawl around all 127 pubs in the Joseph Holt's stable.

Cayley said that this would net hundreds of pounds for the brewery’s designated 2021 charity appeal, supporting food banks and food clubs in the North West.

She said: “I just thought it would be a fun way to raise money, staff at the brewery worked out we’d need to do a 198.8 mile circuit to ‘visit’ all the pubs.

“But we actually managed to ride 317 miles over two days by doing it in relay and we raised £1,000, which we’re thrilled about.

“Everyone’s backsides are a little tender right now as all my team will happily tell you. But it was worth it.”

Staff took turns on the bike, cycling continuously from opening to closing time over the weekend.

Cayley added: “Some customers had a go too, including one man who had recently got the all clear from cancer and he really encouraged others to take part.

“We’re thrilled with what we’ve done for such good causes.

“And the bike is now available for anyone who wants to use if for future charity events.”

Staff member Courtney Lunn added: “It was a really great thing to do, and definitely well worth it.

“We tend to do this kind of thing often and I was really happy to be a part of it.”