Bakkavor’s rising stars raise over £4,000 for Countryside Fund

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Rising graduate stars from the accelerated management scheme at Bakkavor have raised over £2,000 for The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

The charity gives grants to projects that support the people who care for the countryside and is one of the Group’s chosen charities for 2016.

Bakkavor charity cyclists ANL-161008-151228001

Bakkavor charity cyclists ANL-161008-151228001

Since April, the graduates have been competing as two teams (first and second years) to raise as much money as they can.

The first years have been crowned the winners following their sponsored bicycle ride which involved cycling for 61 miles with stop-off points at Bakkavor’s sites in Lincolnshire, starting at Old Leake Community Centre in Boston and running through Freshcook, Pizza Holbeach and Bourne Prepared Produce, before ending at Bakkavor’s Spalding site.

The seven cyclists – Ollie Burton, Lorna Goldsmith, Dan Thorne, Suzy Adams, Amelia Jones, Ruichen Yang and Emily Bird – completed the bicycle ride in just over nine hours, managing to raise an impressive £2,205 for The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which was later matched by Bakkavor to total a donation of £4,410.

Hannah Barnley at The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “A huge thank you. The Fund has been able to distribute over £7million in grants and emergency funding, benefiting nearly 250,000 people who live and work in rural areas. Through the efforts of individuals and groups like the graduate team, we’re able to continue to support a whole range of diverse rural projects.”