Olympic champion helps Kettering shop celebrate charity efforts

John Cleland, Maplin CEO, Rachel Carrington, Macmillan account manager, Darren Campbell and Mike Lucas
John Cleland, Maplin CEO, Rachel Carrington, Macmillan account manager, Darren Campbell and Mike Lucas

An Olympic gold medallist visited Kettering at the end of May to receive thousands of pounds on behalf of a cancer charity.

Darren Campbell, who was part of the famous gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the Athens Olympics in 2004, received £14,000 on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support from electronics shop Maplin, based in the Belgrave Retail Park.

The Olympian was joined by Maplin CEO John Cleland who, along with operations director Mike Lucas, spearheaded the company’s fundraising efforts by completing the London Marathon in April.

Campbell visited Kettering after Maplin asked colleagues across the country to successfully guess the combined finishing

time of Mr Cleland and Mr Lucas in the race.

Staff at the Kettering branch also contributed to the funds raised by sponsoring their CEO to dye his hair Macmillan green during the race, a challenge he took up on behalf of the charity.