To mark this year’s 75th birthday of the NHS, cycling clubs in Kingston have joined forces to raise money to support the staff at Kingston Hospital.
Led by local club Kingston Wheelers, on Saturday 25th February, club members jumped on their bikes for the launch of the #Ridefor75 challenge which aims to raise £35,000 for Kingston Hospital Charity. The funds will go towards developing a much-needed second secure bike storage facility for our staff, after the successful opening of its first one in August 2021.
Kingston Hospital is keen to encourage as many staff as possible who live locally to cycle to work, as it’s cost effective, reduces carbon emissions and road congestion, and helps keeps them healthy. Bike theft continues to be a persistent and frustrating problem for staff using the bike racks positioned around the site and installing CCTV, electronic access, and security lights for each of our small bike racks is neither possible nor cost effective. Consequently, a second storage and maintenance hub is needed to provide a safe and secure place for hospital staff to store their bike whilst working.
The new secure unit will be available to all hospital staff and will include 78 bays for bike parking, available 24 hours per day for staff on shift work.