Trio of Central England Co-op colleagues set for mammoth seaside cycle ride to raise funds for Dementia UK

Three colleagues from a Central England Co-operative store in Nottingham will be ‘pedalling to Skeggy’ as they take on a mammoth 160 mile round cycle ride to raise funds for Dementia UK.

Team Leader Robert Truman, Bakery Customer Service Assistant David White and Store Cleaner Marc Chilton will be setting off for Skegness from their store in Westdale Lane, Carlton, on July 12, with the aim of raising vital funds for Dementia UK.

Robert said the trio were looking forward to taking on the challenge for such a worthy cause, but admitted he has had to ‘dust the cobwebs’ off his bike to ensure he is ready to get back in the saddle.

He said: “We are really looking forward to taking on this challenge and raising as much money as we can for Dementia UK as it is such a great cause.

“The idea came from David really – he has done something similar before with his friends where they walked to Skegness over four days for charity.

“He and Marc are both keen cyclists and both cycle to work every day. I used to be a big cyclist many years ago but I’m a bit out of practice so have had to dust the cobwebs off the bike to make sure I’m ready to keep up with the lads!

“We haven’t set any goals other than to get to Skegness in good time as just getting there is a tough challenge in itself so we want to take it at our own pace.”

Anyone who would like to support their fundraising challenge can do so by visiting

Central England Co-operative has been supporting Dementia UK since 2017 and so far, the Society has donated over £1 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


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About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2019.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

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Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

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