Kind Gesture to NHS Workers
Jun, 10 2020
The past three months have revealed some severe cases of the corona virus pandemic but there have also been moments of sheer kindness and generosity that was previously unseen in the months before the outbreak took place.
Active Lancashire is a fantastic organisation and they have recently been working in partnership with the following organisations:-
- Lancashire County Council
- Connecting East Lancashire
- Love to Ride
- Cycles Recycled
- The Bike Works
- Cycle Roots
An excellent initiative was designed to support NHS front line staff with a complimentary bike.
A total of 170 bikes have been donated to NHS workers from Blackburn, Burnley, Blackpool, North West Ambulance service and Morecambe Bay hospital trusts.
Inspired by Active Lancashire’s Cycle Recycle scheme, the programme was developed following a number of refurbished bikes becoming available to distribute. The Bike Works & Cycles Recycled, two of the delivery partners on the Cycle Recycle Scheme, refurbished the bikes ready to distribute to key NHS front line workers during Covid-19.
The bikes were collected from safe locations around Lancashire covering the following four places:-
- Cycle Roots Blackburn
- Cycles Recycled Clitheroe
- Winter Gardens Blackpool
- North West Ambulance - Accrington.
The bikes that were used had been donated from recycle centres, members of the public and Lancashire Constabulary with Active Lancashire and CEL purchasing brand new bikes to ensure the large demand was met.
This excellent scheme has helped two parties. Those of which are on the frontline acting as key workers and those of who wish to use the bikes to boost their physical and mental health. The benefits will have a significant impact on the lives of NHS workers and indeed their patients during this extremely difficult time.
In addition to receiving the bike, the NHS staff members also have the opportunity to access a wider health and wellbeing support network developed by Active Lancashire, Love to ride, Connecting East Lancashire and Lancashire County Council.
Each worker is also given a safety pack including:-
- A Helmet
- Bike lock
- High vis
This means the bikes can be used 24/7.
Here are a couple of quotes from appreciative recipients:-
Debra - "I’ve collected my bike today and am absolutely delighted with it, so a great big thank you to all concerned! It’s such a wonderful scheme, especially in these uncertain times. To be able to feel free after working in PPE on hot wards is just marvellous!"
Ahmad Khaled - "I have already collected my bike last week and started burning off the calories, thanks a lot for your great work you are doing."
According to Active Lancashire they have now allocated all 170 bikes they had in stock, if an NHS staff member no longer requires the bike when things return to normal, they would be grateful if you could please donate the bike back using this link:-
These will then be used to support unemployed people across Lancashire with getting back into work.
Almost 200 bikes have been donated to the NHS.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger