Biking for Children in Care is an annual long-distance bike ride open to cyclists of all ages and abilities. The ride takes a different route each year and in recent years the team have biked their way across Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Wales raising vital funds for Become.
In June 2017, 50 Biking for Children in Care cyclists rode from Brecon to Tenby, taking in spectacular views of the Welsh valleys, hills and coastline. Each year, the cyclists are supported by a brilliant back up team who drive the vehicles, transport bikes and bags, provide emergency support, lunches and refreshment. Riders regularly include a number of social workers, lawyers and judges, who have worked with children and young people in care and understand the challenges they face.
In 2018, the Biking for Children in Care team will be heading north. Beginning in Durham and continuing across country along the coast of Northumberland and over the border into Scotland, the team will finish in Edinburgh 4 days later having taken in much of the beautiful yet challenging 'Coast and Castles' route.
Biking for Children in Care has raised over £500,000 for Become since 2001. Gill Timmis MBE, who founded and heads up the group, has worked in the field for almost 30 years, including as a social worker and Children's Guardian, representing children and advising courts on behalf of children who are subject to care and other court proceedings.
Gill decided to support Become because she witnessed first hand the effects of the care system on vulnerable children and recognised the need for the system to change. She explains: "Children in care face enormous difficulties and have to overcome numerous problems and disadvantages. Become is helping to address these issues by working with young people, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf."
By supporting Biking for Children in Care – whether as a cyclist, support team member or a sponsor – you are helping to ensure that every child in care receives the love, support and opportunities they need to enjoy their life and achieve.
If you are interested in finding out more about the next Biking for Children in Care event (in 2018), please call the Fundraising Team on 020 7251 3117.