Restaurant staff are used to aches and pains after a long day on their feet.
But a team at Falkirk’s Frankie and Benny’s made their shift extra-exhausting by adding in a 30-hour cycle challenge.
General manager Allison Waledzik, assistant manager Lesley Dylo and the area’s marketing co-ordinator Caroline Barrowman spent a total of 30 hours non-stop on an exercise bike inside the Central Retail Park eaterie last weekend to raise over £2200 for Leaukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR).
The trio started pedalling at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 and finally hopped off the saddle at 5 p.m. the next day.
It meant the tired team had to spend the night in an empty restaurant, getting hardly any sleep.
Caroline (27) said: “Waitresses are used to being on their feet all day; they must cover 10 miles a day in a shift.
“But this was really tough going.
“We each did 10 hours on the bike with only short breaks, and only got an hour-and-a-half sleep.
“None of us are cyclists, and we were very sore afterwards. There wasn’t a comfortable enough seat anywhere for us.”
The 30-hour cycle challenge idea came about when Allison decided to do something a bit different to support LLR, Frankie and Benny’s chosen charity.
The restaurant had raised £800 earlier in the month with a face-painting and fun day, but wanted to do something even bigger.
Caroline said: “The support from the people in the restaurant was amazing.
“They could see that we were struggling and the donations they made were phenomenal- some where putting in £20 notes.
“It made it all worth it, knowing we had raised so much forsuch a deserving charity.”