Northern food and drink retailer Booths is celebrating a record breaking £100,000 fundraising effort for Cure Leukaemia.

Booths has been fundraising throughout the year for the blood cancer charity completing a 350-mile Tour O’ Booths cycle ride, a series of in store events, partnership products, charity cards and fundraising barbeques.

This summer Chief Operating Officer Nigel Murray rode the gruelling 21 stage, 3,470km Tour De France route to raise money for the charity.

“It’s a staggering amount of money to raise for Cure Leukaemia and I’m humbled by the support the Booths team and our wider family of suppliers have given to this vital charity. The support from our friends and colleagues has been nothing short of incredible,” he said.

The Booths team, together with their suppliers and customers, have introduced a number of fundraising streams in addition to the Tour O’ Booths, including a range of charity cards from Cumbrian artist Bob Sutcliffe, a Tour ‘21 Beer from Ilkley Brewery, a range of biscuits and cakes from Bryson’s and Studio bakeries and a special Tour O’ Booths bread from Bell’s of Lazonby.

CEO of Cure Leukaemia James McLaughlin said: "On behalf of all the patients and clinicians at Cure Leukaemia I would like to say a massive thank you to Nigel and everyone associated with Booths for raising a staggering £100,000. The Tour ‘21 is one of the most physically demanding events for any amateur cyclist, so for Nigel to not only complete the challenge but also exceed his £30,000 fundraising target in such a manner is simply phenomenal.

“I would like to thank everyone who donated given their time to support Nigel’s fundraising efforts because raising this amount of money doesn’t happen overnight, it requires enormous time, commitment and determination, in exactly the same way Nigel did to complete all 21 stages of the Tour de France.”

Geoff Thomas, MBE Patron of Cure Leukaemia and a cancer survivor said: “Two weeks before the event was due to depart, it didn’t look like this event could take place and yet here we are, having completed one of the world’s most gruelling sporting challenges and raised over £1.1m for the charity that saved my life.”