[First printed by LBHF Council on 16 July, 2020]
A sponsored bike ride has helped local charity UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham reach £100,000 in grant awards to local frontline projects working to support residents in need during the pandemic.
Engineering manager Jack Upcraft recruited a dozen cyclists to take part in a 245-mile stationary bike event, raising nearly £3,000 and pushing the charity’s community coronavirus total – working with Hammersmith & Fulham Council – past the huge figure.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to raise money for a great cause,” said the breathless cyclist afterwards. “Who knows… maybe next year we might try and go further.”
Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader at H&F Council, congratulated the cyclists on their efforts. “To help the UNITED charity reach such a high total is simply magnificent and it’s allowed so many organisations to offer vital help to some of our most needy residents,” she said.
The money raised by the charity has come from the public and local firms in the borough… but more is still needed to continue to support volunteers and neighbourhood groups.
Savraj Kaur, Director of UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham, thanked everyone who, over the past three months, has generously contributed to reaching the £100,000 total.
“It’s been so moving to drive this appeal. We still encourage giving as we continue to help those in need, and prepare for future uncertainties,” she said.
The bike fundraiser was staged under an awning pitched in the square outside 245 Hammersmith, the office building in Hammersmith Road, where general manager Carly Bright also praised Jack’s pedalling skills.
Also backing the biking effort was Smart Managed Solutions, the building’s engineering contractor.