A scheme launched by Brompton Bike Hire, lends bikes to NHS workers to provide a safer way to travel during the pandemic.
Brompton committed to providing £100,000 worth of bikes, and, at the time of writing, now they have an additional £344k raised by crowdfunding. To give the campaign a little boost, sports stars such as Chris Froome and Kevin Pietersen took part in a virtual race on Sky Sports over the weekend.
The event took place at a simulated Sky Sports arena, around a 22km “volcanic circuit”. Each rider set off on the course (via their exercise bikes) to be chased by four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome. A massive game of cat and mouse, in other words. The “mice” included Kevin Pietersen, Maro Itoje, Kirsty Gallacher, Mel C, Lee Westwood, Ryan Giggs, Olly Murs, Andrew Flintoff, Steph Houghton and Darren Gough.
The initial crowdfunding scheme launched in April and set out with the object to provide 1,000 new bikes for NHS workers that have fought fearlessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Sky Sports’ race featuring big names, the target has reached to building permanent bike dock sites at hospitals for staff.
More than 2,000 NHS staff have signed up for the biking scheme, with 500 bicycles already in use., ‘Wheels for Heroes’ hopes to give to as many as possible the funds for the project, generating low-cost, economical travel for key workers.
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