Marking 100 years with 100 miles

The team at family firm Jones Wholesale Business Store is celebrating its centenary this year and marking the occasion with a series of events during the course of the year.

Two of these events will be charity fundraisers in aid of the company’s two Charity of the Year beneficiaries – Anthony Nolan Trust and Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

From Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th August, brothers Simon and Tom Allitt and warehouse manager Ashley Warren will be taking part in Ride 100, a 100-mile bike ride from London to Surrey in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.

The charity is a cause close to the Allitt family after Simon and Tom’s father, and Jones Wholesale Business Store’s managing partner, David underwent a stem cell transplant in 2014 after being diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

Anthony Nolan, a charity that matches individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people in need of transplants, organised the transplant for David, who has since retired from the business and handed the reins over to Simon and Tom.

Ride 100 will see Simon, Tom, James Allitt their brother, and Ashley cycle 100 miles in a day to raise money for the charity through sponsorship. They are hoping for a time somewhere in the region of 7-8 hours.

The company is also organising a Charity Golf Day at Whittlebury Hall on Friday 13th September and is looking for teams of four to take part. The day will see teams enjoy bacon rolls and coffee on arrival before battling it out on the 18-hole course and then take part a three-course meal and prize-giving ceremony. Prizes will include awards for longest drive and nearest the pin as well as first, second and third places. Northampton marketing agency, Onefoursix, is producing any marketing literature for the event free of charge as part of its donation to Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Tom said: “We are the fourth generation to run Jones Wholesale Business Store after it was founded by my great grandfather Percy Jones and we are incredibly proud to have reached this 100-year milestone. Being a part of the Northampton community for that long means a lot to us and it is good to give something back.

“We asked our customers and Facebook followers to vote for who our local charity of the year would be, and they decided on the Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Now we are looking forward to raising as much money as possible throughout the year for both of these great causes.”

Local businesses are encouraged to take part in the Charity Golf Day at a cost of £250 for a team of four people. Companies can also sponsor holes or prizes. The company is also organising in-store collections and raffles throughout the year which will alternate between the two charities. If you are interested in getting involved with the Golf Day or sponsorship then please get in touch with Tom.

For more information, contact Tom Allitt on 01604 756737 or