Wheels for Wellbeing in final of National Lottery Awards

South London charity for disabled cycling could achieve star status

by Sarah Barth   August 4, 2012  

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A disabled cycling charity has made it to the finals of the National Lottery Awards, which if it wins could see it catapulted into the spotlight with television coverage and extra cash.

Wheels for Wellbeing is a charity in Brixton that promotes disability cycling in south London.

The charity sets out to remove barriers to cycling for all, especially people with disabilities, running weekly inclusive cycling sessions for people to discover or rediscover the joy of cycling.

They campaign for planners, the cycle trade and the general cycling population to recognise non-traditional cyclists’ needs, so cycling can become a regular, mainstream activity for all.

Here's a video with more about their work:

The semi final round of public voting is complete, and Wheels for Wellbeing is in the top three in its category.

The competiton will now progress to the final round of public voting.

The project with the most votes in each category will be declared the winner.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: "Thanks to all of you who voted and got friends and family to vote for us; we had a total of 1,486 votes.

"The final round of voting will be taking place in Autumn which, if we should win, we will be awarded a cash prize as well as some much needed television exposure."

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects. Lottery players raise £30 million each week for projects all across the UK.

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, over 370,000 grants have been given out across the arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.

In addition to the Lottery funding they have already been awarded, the winners will each receive a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.