20 Southern Co-operative stores across Hampshire, West Sussex and Dorset have been challenged to ‘get on their bikes’ and each raise £2000 for charity!
Timed to coincide with the Olympics and The Southern Co-operative’s own Charity Awareness Fortnight, colleagues at each participating store have 24 hours to cycle as many miles as possible in-store on gym exercise bikes loaned by Fitness First. All money raised through sponsorship and contributions in-store will be donated to Canine Partners, The Southern Co-operative’s charity of the year.
With more than 1.2 million people in wheelchairs in the UK, Canine Partners enables people with disabilities to enjoy greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs. Julie James, Canine Partners Corporate Manager said “The gusto with which Southern Cooperative colleagues are participating in this challenge and other events is a result of their true passion for the Charity to help provide more assistance dogs for more people with disabilities. I am very proud of The Southern Cooperative and all the stores for their commitment to raising significant funds for Canine Partners.”
Jessica Nevett, Brand Engagement and Communications Manager at The Southern Co-operative said; “We’re asking shoppers and the local community to pop into their nearest participating store and support our ‘Bark and Ride’ colleague challenge during the Olympic fortnight to help raise much-needed funds for this inspiring charity.”
To make your donation, look out for ‘Bark and Ride’ collection buckets or sponsor a store colleague in each store, donate online at www.justgiving.com/teams/TheSouthernCo-Operative or by text using a code advertised in each participating store.