Charity Bike Ride Case Study

By: Capital to Coast

Clarendon Cycle Scheme

They include a team of 15 staff, students and ex-students from Clarendon School in Hampton, who will be starting the Challenge in Esher.The school caters for young people with moderate learning difficulties. Having completed the Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge as individual riders for the past couple of years, this year Clarendon School have registered to take part as an organisation. The team of 15 includes 5 students, two of whom are able to complete the ride independently. The others will require support, which will be provided by Companion Cycling, a charity which enables people with special needs, regardless of their age or ability, to cycle on specially adapted bikes. The team have a variety of disabilities including Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. The team will be supported by two minivans which will meet the riders at each checkpoint to monitor the mechanical state of the bikes and, indeed, the physical state of the riders.

Paul Jensen, Deputy Head of the Clarendon School and Team Leader says “It is important for our young people to be positively promoted in our community and further afield. Participating in The LA fitness Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge achieves this aim, and it is important that we are seen to support such an event. The personal challenge of riding 60 miles, but at the same time being part of a team, will result in a huge sense of achievement for our young people.”

TheSchool has been running a bicycle maintenance scheme since September 2010. The vision was to empower young people and community members to independently maintain bikes. It was initially set up to give the students the opportunity to learn about servicing the fleet of school bicycles, whilst accrediting the students with an AQA Unit Award at the same time. Students are also eligible to be involved in an annual reciprocal visit to Clarendon’s link schools in Ireland and in Zambia, where a variety of initiatives involving bicycle maintenance, fitness, global awareness and promoting special needs positively are common aims.

The LA fitness Capital to Coast London to Brighton Cycle Challenge is now the planned annual cycle ride for staff and students at Clarendon School. Last year their local Sainsbury’s assisted their fundraising by allowing them to have students with collection buckets at the exit of the store as well as at the checkouts, where students, staff and governors would pack customers’ shopping to raise additional funds. This fundraising initiative has already taken place for this year, raising £500 towards their £1500 goal.

To take part in the LA fitness Capital to Coast Cycle .

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