Wheels for Wellbeing, a Brixton-based charity helping disabled people enjoy cycling, has won a £1,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
The charity was set up on 2007 to enable disabled people to transform their physical and emotional wellbeing through inclusive cycling.
Run from 336 Brixton Road by a team of trained cycling instructors and volunteers, each Wheels for Wellbeing session offers a wide range of cycles, including tandems, trikes, handcycles, side-by-sides and recumbents.
Liz Bull-Domican, Wheels for Wellbeing’s fundraising officer, said: “Demand for what we do is extremely high, with many participants commenting on the positive effect that cycling has on both their physical and mental wellbeing.
“Our activities also offer a break from routine and a chance to make new friends in the process.
“Before the pandemic, we were running five sessions across three locations every week, and with the help of generous donations – including the grant from Tesco – we look forward to getting back on track soon!”
Tesco last year gave 1,995 UK groups grants totalling £1,965,500.
Keith Jackson, Tesco community grants manager said: “We’re very pleased to see so many charities and community groups helping support people’s wellbeing coming forward for funding, all of whom carry out vital work for people in the UK.
“We’re delighted to be able to provide much-needed boost for many of them, including Wheels for Wellbeing.”
Southwark-based Community Cycleworks, a charity that runs build-a-bike courses, bike fix sessions and on road and mountain biking ride outs for young people in the area is another organisation to receive a Tesco grant.
The Tesco Bags of Help Community Grant scheme is run in association with the community charity federation Groundwork.
Wheels for Wellbeing is still seeking donations to continue its work.