Central England Co-op colleagues take on marathon cycle ride for second time to raise funds for Dementia UK

Posted by james brindle | Published: 02/07/2021

A team of colleagues from Central England Co-op’s Funeralcare team will be taking to the saddle this month to cycle over 23 miles around Rutland Water to raise funds for Dementia UK.

The team will be pedalling for the cause on 20 July. It will be made up of Area Manager’s Matt George, Dave Lucas and Aiden Phillips, Funeral Services Manager Damian Vaughan, Cemetery and Crematorium Manager Nick Bates, Funeral Logistics Manager Lee Dillow, Compliance Manager James Miller and Hristo Karaivanov, from Terry Smith’s Coffin Factory.

It is the second time that a team from Central England Co-op Funeralcare have taken on the challenge for Dementia UK after completing the route in 2019, raising over £1,500 for the good cause, which has been the Society’s charity partner since 2017.

Matt George said he and his colleagues were keen to repeat the challenge after not being able to do it last year due to the pandemic.

He said: “Dementia UK is an amazing charity and is something that is close to all our hearts after seeing and experiencing the effects on people personally and professionally.

“In 2019 we were able to raise over £1,500 as a team and we are aiming to repeat this again to maintain our team support for our Society’s chosen charity, and with the focus on good mental wellbeing what better to take part in an event that includes both exercise and outdoor activity.

“It was unfortunate that we were unable to repeat the event in 2020 due to the pandemic so it is great to be able to plan something for the team to get together and enjoy but also raise money for such a fantastic cause.

“When we took on the challenge in 2019, it was an amazing team effort and so much fun, so we are looking forward to getting the bikes out again and getting to what is a wonderful location to complete the ride.”

Anyone who would like to support their fundraising challenge can do so by visiting their Just Giving page here.

Central England Co-op has been supporting Dementia UK since 2017 and so far, the Society has donated over £1.5 million to the charity. The money has been used to help pay for specialist Admiral Nurses, additional vital training and the on-going staffing of the free Dementia Helpline (0800 888 6678).

For further information on the work Dementia UK do, and for fundraising opportunities, please visit https://www.dementiauk.org/


Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle

Phone - 01543 421390

Email - publicrelations@centralengland.coop