Ride for 75

Kingston cyclists take on a challenge to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS and raise money for Kingston Hospital.

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.

Tracey Shaw, Fundraising Manager at Kingston Hospital Charity says:
“We’re incredibly grateful to Kingston Wheelers and the cycling community for organising this event to celebrate our NHS milestone birthday. A second safe and secure bike unit will make a huge difference to our staff. Projects like this could not happen without the support of our community so a heartfelt thanks to all those involved in the organising of this special event as well as those supporting it.”

Tim Lawn, Chairman of Kingston Wheelers says:
“As a club, we are really proud to be helping Kingston Hospital Charity and to support the staff that do such a fantastic job.”

Following the launch, cyclists are now being encouraged to create their own version of the challenge, whether that’s riding 75 miles for the first time, or lapping Richmond Park on a Boris bike over a few days. Anyone can join the campaign, whether on-road or virtually in a group, and it’s easy to live stream on your own social media.

Individual donations can be made by <clicking here> 

Along with brand partner Sigma Sports, we also want to thank the participating cycling clubs:

Epsom Cycling Club https://www.epsomcc.co.uk/
Kingston Wheelers Cycling Club https://www.kingstonwheelers.com/
London Dynamo https://www.londondynamo.co.uk/
New Malden Velo https://www.newmaldenvelo.com/
Waldy Wheelers https://www.waldywheelers.cc/
Kingston Juniors Cycling Club http://www.kingstonjuniorcycleclub.co.uk/

 

Brand Partner
Sigma Sports https://www.sigmasports.com/

For further information about #Ridefor75, or a chat about organising your own NHS birthday fundraiser, please email tracey.shaw17@nhs.net or call 07867 189142.