PRESS RELEASE: Ex-motorcycle cop turned funeral director rides out for charity

the money raised was for Nightingale House Hospice

A member of the Gwersyllt Co-op Funeralcare team brought his bike out of retirement recently, in order to raise money for the Nightingale House Hospice.

Over 150 motorcyclists gathered together for a 60 mile ride-out, raising over £1,100 for the local charity.

Kevin Keen, an ex-motorcycle police officer, thought it was the perfect chance to support the community, and even had his ex-police bike re-painted with Co-op Funeralcare branding for the event.

Kevin Keen,  now Funeral Arranger for Gwersyllt Co-op Funeralcare, said: “We care a lot about getting involved with community activities. The Nightingale House Hospice is a very worthwhile local cause that organises many fundraising events throughout the year.

“I was very proud to be a part of this fantastic effort, especially given its motorcycling-slant. I can’t wait for the next charity event.”

The 60 mile Nightingale Ride Out event started out at Llangollen Pavillion and ended at Swallow Falls. Each biker paid £5 to take part, and there were also raffles and further donations that helped to raise the grand total of £1,14.

Chris Andrews, Area Fundraiser for Nightingale House Hospice, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response we received from people wanting to take part, and seeing more than 150 motorcyclists together was certainly an exciting experience.

“The main aim of the Nightingale Ride Out is to raise funds for the Hospice, but it also raises awareness about the vital work we do here for the community. We are so grateful to everyone who took part and would like to say a huge thank you. It's a brand new event for us and we hope that in the future, people with no previous connection to Nightingale House will also join us on the ride out.”

Kevin Keen

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