Staff at Croots Farm Shop have peddled their way to raising £650 for charity as part of the Derbyshire farm shop’s fourth birthday celebrations.

The team took to exercise bikes and completed 200 miles to raise money for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

The charity is the farm shop’s adopted good cause for 2012 – and the distance marked the length of the return journey from the Duffield shop to the holiday centre in Skegness.

The staff’s efforts were boosted by the proceeds of a raffle for a 53-inch teddy bear.

“It was a great team effort from the staff, who completed the cycle ride in pairs, and I’d like to thank them and all our customers who supported us,” said Steve Croot, who runs Croots Farm Shop, based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road.

“We were delighted to celebrate our fourth birthday and raise money for such a good cause at the same time. We’ve had brilliant support from our local community since we opened in 2008, and it’s great that we can give something back.”

Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre provides 450 holiday places a year to disadvantaged youngsters from the county.

Croots Farm Shop, its staff and customers have raised thousands of pounds for various charities since opening four years ago.

As well as Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, the store is also supporting the Shire Horse Society since Farnah House Farm has been home to Shire horses for many years.

Croots Farm Shop & Kitchen is open Sundays from 10am to 4pm (café until 3.45pm), and from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (café until 4.30pm). It is closed on Mondays.

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