Disabled cycling charity Wheels for Wellbeing is competing against two other Lottery-funded projects to win the Best Sports Project in The National Lottery Awards.
At the NEC-set Cycle Show, London 2012 gold medallists Sarah Storey and Joanna Rowsell got behind the South London charity, meeting the people behind the project at the Show's Inclusive Cycling Hub. Storey and Rowsell showed their support, voting for Wheels for Wellbeing and signing materials and hearing how the charity works to open the world of cycling to disabled people across London and to raise awareness that everyone can cycle.
Two years ago the charity faced closure due to limited funds. The National Lottery stepped in to provide crucial funding – £330,620 – and now hundreds of people with disabilities enjoy cycling on a fleet of specially designed bikes at weekly sessions in Lambeth and Croydon.
“Cycling can revolutionise disabled people’s lives," explained WfW manager Isabelle Clement. "Following the fantastic achievements of Team GB’s paracyclists, there is no better time to be promoting the fact that for disabled people, cycling gives independence and freedom, building confidence and fitness levels. We are proud to support disabled cyclists with the help of the National Lottery.”
Over 600 people with disabilities were helped to be physically active outdoors in the last year through the charity. It uses a fleet of over 100 cycles across South London, but have also helped enthusiasts from across London and further afield.
The public can vote for their favourite projects in the Awards until Sunday October 28th 2012 at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. If the charity wins, it could stand to receive a further £2,000 in funding.
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