Thomas Cook Group: Thomas Cook Stores Turn out in Force to Support the Participants of Prudential Ride London Event

Thomas Cook stores across the Prudential Ride London course will open on Sunday to support fundraising efforts of all riders, especially #TeamSunnyHearters, the 8-strong team fronted by CEO Harriet Green.

LONDON--()--This weekend, Thomas Cook stores across Surrey and Greater London will be coming out in force to offer support for Team Sunny Hearters, the group of 8 cyclists who will be taking part in Prudential’s Ride London event, aiming to raise over £100K on behalf of Whizz-Kidz and the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.

12 Thomas Cook stores along the Ride London route from Stratford, and as far South as Guildford, will be opening their doors on Sunday to offer cakes, refreshments and other fun fundraising activities to help CEO Harriet Green (@harrietgreen1) reach the £100K goal, and cheer on Team Sunny Hearters as they progress through the 100 mile course.

The 8-strong team come from varying backgrounds and abilities, and with 6 members from the Greater London area, staff at local Thomas Cook stores will have an extra incentive to cheer on their company’s CEO, and to offer their good wishes to fellow local residents.

“I am so thankful for all of the backing being offered by our stores along the journey,” said Harriet Green, CEO for Thomas Cook Group plc. “I want to pass on my personal thanks to everyone who has donated so far to the wonderful causes of both our own Thomas Cook Children’s Charity and Whizz-Kidz, a fantastic organisation which works tirelessly to transform the lives of disabled children throughout the United Kingdom. I hope everyone taking part in the event has an amazing time, and that all riders are able to reach their goals, regardless of which charity they are supporting.”

"It has been so encouraging to see the wonderful success of Team Sunny Hearters’ fundraising activities so far" said Joanna Wild, Chairman of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity. "It is really lovely to see how Thomas Cook stores have offered their support for our fantastic cyclists this weekend by not only opening their doors on Sunday, but also for coming up with such a wide range of exciting ideas, from exercise bike racing and special cake baking to text donations and live tweeting, to help our local communities celebrate this great event.  Fundraising of this size will make a real difference to the children that Thomas Cook Children’s Charity and Whizz-Kidz support."

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About Thomas Cook Children’s Charity

The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has raised over £5 million in the last 5 years through a mixture of sources, ranging from customer donations to payroll giving and staff fundraising initiatives. The aim of the Charity is to improve children’s lives with a four-tiered approach to working together with partner organisations; caring for the environment, providing safe clean drinking water and by improving education, well-being and health care facilities.

For more information visit the website at http://www.thomascookchildrenscharity.com

About Whizz-Kidz

There are an estimated 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK waiting for a wheelchair that fits their young lives. That’s where we come in. Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods. And at Whizz-Kidz, the wheelchair is just the start - we also run youth groups, wheelchair skills training, work experience placements and residential camps.

For more information visit the website at http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/.

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Contacts

Thomas Cook Group plc
Jenny Peters
Group Head of Communications
Phone: +44 207 557 6431
E-mail: Jenny.Peters@thomascook.com
or
Whizz-Kidz
Rob Dyson
PR Manager
Phone: +44 207 798 6103
E-Mail: r.dyson@whizz-kidz.org.uk
or
Thomas Cook Children’s Charity
Aoife McDonogh
Charitable Relations Manager
Phone: +44 1733 417 316
E-mail: Aoife.McDonogh@thomascook.com

Contacts

Thomas Cook Group plc
Jenny Peters
Group Head of Communications
Phone: +44 207 557 6431
E-mail: Jenny.Peters@thomascook.com
or
Whizz-Kidz
Rob Dyson
PR Manager
Phone: +44 207 798 6103
E-Mail: r.dyson@whizz-kidz.org.uk
or
Thomas Cook Children’s Charity
Aoife McDonogh
Charitable Relations Manager
Phone: +44 1733 417 316
E-mail: Aoife.McDonogh@thomascook.com