23rd January 2017

23rd January 2017: Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has presented its local Northumberland Special Olympics club with a new 17-seater mini-bus, following fundraising by employees at its Morpeth site.

In total, CCEP employees have raised approximately £14,000 through a series of activities including raffles and tombolas, sponsored swims and events such as Morpeth Matters Photographic Exhibition & Auction, Morpeth Lions Annual Casino Night and CCEP’s Unified Sports® tournament. The bus will support the local Special Olympics club by providing transport for its athletes to upcoming training sessions, competitions and events.

Keys to the mini-bus were handed over to Helen Critchlow, Northumberland Special Olympics Club Secretary as part of an event at the Morpeth site. Also in attendance were local supporters of the project including Morpeth Lions Club, and Operations Director at CCEP’s Morpeth site, Jane Buckley. The event was led by David Hunt, Warehouse and Facilities Manager at CCEP Morpeth, who has been a key spearhead of the project, as well as being at the forefront of wider initiatives by the factory in support of the local Northumberland club.

David has been an employee at CCEP’s Morpeth site since 2008, and is a prevalent member within the Morpeth community, known for his work on various local initiatives. His longstanding commitment to community projects and organisations such as Special Olympics was recently honoured through his selection as one of CCEP’s ‘local heroes’ in its Made Locally campaign across Great Britain, which celebrates the company’s heritage as a local business by focusing on the people behind the brand.

Jane Buckley, Operations Director at Coca-Cola European Partners, Morpeth, said: “Here at CCEP, we are truly proud to support the incredible work that Special Olympics does in Northumberland and beyond. It has been fantastic to see our employees fully getting behind the fundraising project and supporting the local team in a way that will really make a difference and assist them in their day-to-day activities. Our ongoing support of Special Olympics highlights the importance of ensuring diversity within the workplace, and we look forward to championing this message further as we continue our partnership into the future.”

Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics Great Britain, added: “We would like to thank Coca-Cola European Partners and their incredible staff and customers for helping to raise the money to buy this minibus for the Special Olympics Northumberland club. This vehicle will be an invaluable help to local Special Olympics athletes by getting them to training more regularly. It will also support getting the teams to other competitions around the region and beyond! This really is a special effort by Coca-Cola European Partners employees and customers to show their continued support to Special Olympics GB.”



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About Coca-Cola European Partners:

Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in Andorra, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

In Great Britain (GB) we employ some 4,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, with a particular focus on sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and energy and climate protection.

We make sell and deliver the following products in GB for The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC): Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Coke Life, Appletiser, Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Schweppes, Schweppes Abbey Well, glacéau, Powerade, Oasis and 5 Alive. In GB we also make, sell or deliver Monster, Relentless and Capri-Sun.

About Special Olympics Great Britain:

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities in England, Scotland and Wales.

Almost 1.5 million people in the UK (2% of the population) have an intellectual disability. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to increase their confidence; realise their potential; develop physical fitness and mental wellbeing; demonstrate courage and experience new friendships.

The year-round sport and competition programme provided by Special Olympics is important to people with intellectual disabilities because adults and children with intellectual disabilities tend to have poorer health and the many emotional and physical problems associated with inactivity.    One in three people with an intellectual disability is obese, compared to 1 in 5 of the general population.

Special Olympics GB is part of a global movement that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to over 4.5 million children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities in 170 countries.

Read more at Special Olympics GB's website:

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