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Our charity awarded £50k to support the improvement of bike facilities

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Charity, News, Recovery and wellbeing on 6th August, 2020

Today is Cycle to Work Day, and what better way to celebrate this move to a greener active transport solution than by getting on our bikes. 

In addition to receipts from NHS Charities Together for charitable funds to support staff and patients during the COVID-19 response phase, our organisation has been successful in a further application to them for £50k to enhance our bike facilities at Wonford House, Franklyn Hospital and Langdon Hospital, in a bid to support our staff and patients to cycle to our sites.

The COVID fund working group picked up a number of requests to improve cycle facilities and have worked closely with Estates in submitting an application.

By meeting this growing demand, supporting the immediate impact of the pandemic and encouraging more people to get pedalling, we are supporting mental health through exercise. This will also:

  • Reduce the risk of COVID-19 contagion by avoiding public transport where possible
  • Boost the immune system and wellbeing
  • Reduce the carbon footprint, congestion and pollution
  • Save money in the current economic climate
  • Reduce the pressure on our limited available spaces in our car parks
  • Support our current aims in our sustainability and green transport plans

Anna Chapple, Premises Manager said: "It's wonderful news that our Charity has secured this grant to improve the facilities across these sites, enabling more people to have the option to cycle. This will positively contribute towards our future green transport plans and I for one can’t wait to see more bikes being used."

The government has acknowledged this growing trend and is investing £2 billion in cycling and walking, to boost greener active travel plans. This includes the £50 fix and repair initiative recently released to support the repairing of bikes if you don’t want to get a new one. The first batch of vouchers proved very popular when released. Click here for updates on the next phase of the plan.

If you have any questions about our charity please email Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising at daniel.robson3@nhs.net.

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