A South-London based charity that helps disabled people experience cycling has made an appeal for donations after an arson attack earlier this month destroyed its collection of bikes and other equipment at one of the two locations it operates from.
The fire at Brockwell Park near Brixton, where the charity called Wheels for Wellbeing is based, resulted in the destruction of a dozen three- and four-wheeled bikes and 11 bicycles. It also means that the brick storeroom they were in can’t be used. The circumstances are being investigated by Brixton Police.
The charity has close ties to London Cycling Campaign (LCC), which quoted manager Janet Paske as saying: "As it stands, we can’t run any sessions from Brockwell Park until the spring.”
"That means the people who were coming to us for fun, fresh air and cycling will suffer because there is nowhere else near with the range of bikes that we offer."
She added, “We really need somewhere to store our bicycles, and perhaps to run our sessions too," and the charity has appealed for anyone who can help in this regard to get in touch through its website. It is also looking for monetary donations so it can rebuild its collection of bikes.
Wheels for Wellbeing also runs sessions in Croydon on Mondays and Saturdays, and these will continue as normal.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.