Staff from sign and graphics specialist, FASTSIGNS Manchester, will be donning their sweatbands to take part in a sponsored charity week of sporting activities to raise money for The Simon Cooper Foundation.
As part of the nationwide ‘FASTSIGNS Goes the Extra Mile’ charity campaign, the centre on Dakota South, will join the FASTSIGNS UK Support Centre and 16 other centres who have all pledged to walk, cycle or run a collective total of over 720 miles – the overall distance between all UK centres – during the course of 17 weeks from May to August this year.
Working from the North to the South of the country, colleagues at each FASTSIGNS centre will have one week to cover a total of at least 42.3 miles, with some centres pledging to do many more. Once each centre has completed its required distance, the challenge will pass to the next centre who will in turn have a week to complete the distance.
During their week, which begins on May 21st, the Manchester team of seven will be sweating it out with a combination of walking and cycling activities to complete the challenge, with one member of the team pledging to climb a mountain in Wales for six miles with a printed FASTSIGNS banner.
Richard Wedgwood, managing director of FASTSIGNS Manchester, said: “As a member of the FASTSIGNS family, The Simon Cooper Foundation is of particular importance to us and as a result, this challenge is an extra special one for us. We look forward to what is set to be a fun week of fundraising for a cause that has touched so many lives.”
Launched by Simon Cooper, the son of the owners of the Enfield FASTSIGNS centre, Paul and Angela Cooper, the Simon Cooper Foundation provides support to patients living with Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and life limiting conditions. Having suffered with both Cystic Fibrosis and cancer himself, Simon sadly passed away in January 2016 but his legacy lives on through the work the Foundation carries out across the country.
John Davies, Managing Director of FASTSIGNS UK, said: “The Simon Cooper Foundation is a charity that is very close to all our hearts here at FASTSIGNS UK so it’s fantastic that we’re able to do something special for such a worthy cause. We have such a fantastic network of UK centres so it’s great to see them all coming together to help raise some much-needed funds for so many people in need.”
You can make a donation to the ‘FASTSIGNS Goes the Extra Mile’ campaign through the Virgin Money Giving page