PRESS RELEASE: Co-op Funeralcare cycle coast to coast for British Red Cross

Raising money to support victims of terrorism.

Co-op Funeralcare have raised over £1,700 to support the British Red Cross' UK Solidarity Fund which supports victims of terrorism.

Nine Co-op funeralcare colleagues from funeral homes across the North of England took part in a 3 day, 140 mile coast to coast sponsored bike ride. The team started their ride on Friday 18th August in Whitehaven and went on to cycle through both the Lake District and North Pennines. The team arrived at their final destination of Tynemouth on Sunday 20th August.

David Knowles, Regional Operations Manager commented: “As a team we decided we wanted to do something bold and challenging to really push ourselves and raise money. It was a tough weekend but also a great weekend with great company and good atmosphere.

“British Red Cross do truly amazing work, and help to improve the lives of thousands of people across the UK. Our team were very passionate about getting involved in some way to help with this incredible cause.”

Kerry Threadgill, British Red Cross Senior Community Fundraiser in the North of England said:

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the Co-op Funeralcare team for their efforts in raising over £1,700 for the British Red Cross UK Solidarity Fund.  The money raised will be allocated in accordance with the need and scale of human crisis caused by terrorist attacks in this country.

The team’s efforts are a great demonstration of the phenomenal dedication shown by Co-op colleagues, members and customers towards our national charity partnership, going beyond our main aim of tackling loneliness across the UK and working together in other ways to strengthen and support our communities.”

The money raised from the sponsored cycle will add to the £50,000 which the Co-op have already raised for the British Red Cross' UK Solidarity Fund.


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