Kingston cyclists use pedal power to raise money for children’s cancer charity


A team of 50 cyclists will cycle on static bikes to raise money for Momentum.


By Melissa Massey

Kingston Wheelers will spend today cycling on four static bikes in Eden Walk to raise money for local children’s cancer charity, Momentum.

Between 8-6pm, the team of 50 cyclists will take turns on the bikes for Momentum’s series of ‘cycle 10,000 for £50,000’ charity events.

Kingston Wheelers cyclist Gareth Thomas, 28, said: “We will have 39 hours altogether of cycling, in which I hope we can contribute at least 700 miles.

 “In reality, I hope we can achieve higher than this target of nearly 18mph.”

The cycling-focused charity initiative chimes with recent news that Kingston will receive up to £30 million from the Mayor of London’s £100 million “Mini Holland” funding to make it cycle-friendly.

Kingston is one of only three boroughs to secure a significant share, where plans include a 750-metre segregated cycle lane from Kingston railway station to Denmark Road.

Momentum Co-founder Bianca Effemey, 53, said: “We are always looking for new fundraising events, but with the new cycle-friendly plans we will certainly be putting cycling near the top of our list of activities.”

All funds from the event will go towards upgrading Momentum’s holiday homes for families in The New Forest in Hampshire.

Bianca said: “We still need people to get involved in this challenge and take part throughout the year.”

As well as being a member of Kingston Wheelers, Gareth is also a children’s nurse at Kingston Hospital, where Momentum’s ward is attached.

Gareth said he often sees what a fantastic job the charity does in supporting Kingston Hospital oncology patients, including those with life-limiting conditions.

Kingston Wheelers have already raised over £1,250 and their donations page will remain active until July 10:

To take part in a static bike challenge or any other fundraising events for Momentum contact Kate or Natalie in the office on 020 8974 5931.

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