Amazon workers cycle 1,200km in memory of every homeless person who died in the UK last year

A kilometre was cycled for every homeless person who died in the UK during 2021

Workers at the Amazon fulfillment centre, in Bristol, have raised £1,000 for a charity supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable people. The Bristol Soup Run Trust provides food and support for people experiencing homelessness and poverty - 365 nights of the year.

The team coordinates a homeless outreach service in the city centre, providing food, drink, and other essential supplies, free of charge, to homeless people and others in need on the streets. The Soup Run team cycled 1,200km for the charity - a kilometre for every homeless person who died on the streets of the UK last year.

Tony Coletto, from The Bristol Soup Run Trust, said: “People turn up at the Soup Run for many reasons, whether it be hunger and loneliness, or they’re in search of companionship or advice. Whatever the reason, our job is to provide a friendly smile and a willing ear. Thanks to Richard and the team for supporting us with this donation.”

The donation from Amazon in Bristol will go towards the purchase of sleeping bags, winter clothing, and footwear for the people supported by The Bristol Soup Run Trust.

Richard Griffiths, Site Leader at Amazon in Bristol, said: “The Bristol Soup Run Trust is a great support to the local community here in Bristol. It is great to give them a boost with this donation. Thanks to Darren Emmett and Ian McLaughlin for organising the cycle event, and to Village Gym Bristol for loaning us the bikes.”

Darren Emmett, who works at Amazon in Bristol, added: “It was a pleasure to be involved in organising the cycle for such a great cause. We had a strong turnout, and everyone had a great time. The Bristol Soup Run Trust is an asset to our community and I’m glad Amazon has supported a great cause.”

The donations to The Bristol Soup Run Trust was made as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities in and around its operating locations across the UK. The company is also providing disadvantaged students with online STEM courses as well as teaming up with charity partner Magic Breakfast to provide healthy breakfasts to families in England.