Active Mums: Harriet Green to Ride London for Whizz-Kidz

Harriet of Thomas CookHarriet Green, recently named as the 42nd winner of the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award, is heading up a team of 8 riders who will be competing at this year’s Ride London event on behalf of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity – making a difference to the lives of young people all over the world – and Whizz-Kidz – transforming the lives of disabled children in the UK.  Harriet’s team are aiming to raise over £100k at the event in August which will be split between the two charities.

On the 10th of August 2014, Harriet’s team,  ‘The Sunny Hearters’, are taking part in the Prudential Ride London race, cycling the course used in the London Olympics by Sir Bradley Wiggins as part of his journey to win gold. Harriet says that her team will not be trying to beat his time, but are eager to beat their own personal £100K target to raise funds for the two charities, close to the energetic CEO’s heart.

In the last 5 years, the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has raised over £5 million through generous customer donations, payroll giving and amazing fundraising initiatives by Thomas Cook employees. The aim of the Charity is to improve children’s lives through working together with partner organisations; caring for the environment, providing support in disaster hit areas of the world, improving education, well-being, health care facilities and opportunities.

Whizz-Kidz provides essential powered and lightweight manual mobility equipment, training and work placements to support young disabled people live independent and active lives.

Thomas Cook actively encourages its employees in their fund raising activities for the Children’s Charity, and as CEO currently leading the Transformation of the oldest and best loved name in leisure travel, Harriet Green could be forgiven for  leaving the fund raising to them. Not so.

Widely recognised for her achievements and drive in the business world, Harriet is keen to do her part and is applying her usual thorough approach to this latest challenge.

“I am thrilled to be part of ‘The Sunny Hearters’ and tackling this event together,” said Harriet Green, CEO for Thomas Cook Group plc. “I am regularly humbled by the challenges our employees undertake to raise money for this great cause and have decided it is my turn to contribute.

I have set a personal target of £100K, that equates to £1,000 per mile, to raise funds for two charities that are very close to my heart, The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity and Whizz-Kidz.  I’m so grateful to my family members and friends for joining me in this challenge and we’re looking forward to crossing the finish line as a team.  People can follow us on twitter, just look out for #teamsunnyhearters.”

Thomas Cook Childrens charity“It is fantastic to have this direct support from our CEO for the vital work of our Charity,” said Joanna Wild, Chair of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, “Thomas Cook employees and customers already play such a valuable role in supporting the work that the Charity carries out with our partner organisations. It is encouraging for everyone to have Harriet and her team supporting us and we’ll be opening our stores along the route to cheer them on.”

Ruth Owen OBE, CEO of Whizz-Kidz added her support, “ Without the determination and dedication of Harriet Green and her team to achieve this incredible challenge, Whizz-Kidz would not be able to provide essential wheelchairs and life skills training for young disabled children nationally who are currently unable to receive the right mobility equipment to meet their needs.  70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK are still waiting for a wheelchair to give them the independence they deserve and the opportunity for a brighter future.”


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About Thomas Cook Children’s Charity

Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has raised more than £5 million in the UK since 2009 by offering customers the opportunity to donate through a variety of ways, most notably during the booking process for a Thomas Cook holiday. The funds are spent on improving children’s lives and the communities in which they live – by helping to improve education, well-being and healthcare facilities. Thomas Cook Children’s Charity works with various partner organisations to help benefit the lives of children throughout the UK.


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