Registered Charity Number SC030428

Total raised
£2002.00 + £354.25 Gift Aid = £2356.25
+ £347.75 Gift Aid
+ £6.50 Gift Aid

About COCO

COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) is an international children’s charity, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We believe that education provides the best possible chance of breaking the cycle of poverty. COCO works with communities in remote regions of East Africa to provide sustainable sources of quality education through our Schools for Life programme.

COCO was founded by Steve Cram CBE and British Army Major Jim Panton in 2000. Since then, the charity has raised over £4 million to fund small, sustainable, community led initiatives. COCO and its partners have now undertaken 60 transformational projects in 16 countries, positively impacting the lives of over 200,000 people. 

Graduates from partner school, Hoja Secondary in Tanzania, have achieved the best results in their region for five consecutive years and the school is now able to cover its own running costs thanks to income generation schemes. COCO is working with 14 other communities to replicate this success. In addition, to enable parents to cover the cost of their children’s education, COCO has distributed over 6,000 small loans and provided sustainable agriculture training to several communities, helping farmers to increase their annual income by up to 284%. 

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Current fundraising pages

Victoria Cycle Challenge

How do you choose a charity to support? I don't think you do I think the charity chooses you and in our case COCO chose us!! COCO is a local charity which supports remote communities across East Africa. We have gone to many events over the years & donated bits & pieces but this time we are going to fundraise for ourselves & we’re doing something big !! A cycle challenge across Kenya !! Those of you who know us will know that we pretty much do everything together so why not this too !! Our friendship has faced worse challenges & survived !! The Victoria Cycle Challenge is 274km with a total elevation of 3,640m and travels through diverse landscapes. We start at Narok & finish on the shore of Lake Victoria FIVE DAYS LATER!! Here we will have the opportunity to visit a COCO School for Life - Mercy Primary, and meet the children & teachers. We were introduced to COCO about 15 years ago by our dear friends and since then have met some wonderful people doing so much for such a good cause. Last year I was lucky enough to accompany my lovely friend & CEO of the charity - Lucy - to Tanzania. I learnt so much more about what the charity does whilst I was there. COCO do more than build a school or give money to people, it really gets its teeth into the fundamentals of remote village life & helps each project / village / community grow & develop to become self sustaining in their own right.
I love this charity & what it represents. Everyone deserves an education & some people in these really remote places on this planet need the help & advice from those of us fortunate enough to grow up with such privilege. Please help & support us 2 Old Birds on our quest to do our bit for these wonderful people!!

Thank you & much love
Jools & Jo

Juliette Atkinson Jo Bullerwell

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