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Biking for Children in Care

Lockdown 200 Fundraising Challenge

Biking for Children in Care has launched 'Lockdown 200'

Your challenge, over 18-22 June and abiding by social distancing and government advice, is to either cycle 200 miles on a standard or static bike OR to get creative and come up with your own challenge around the number 200. The choice is yours. This challenge is yours. 

 

Sign up for free now

Please complete the form below to let us know you are taking part in Biking for Children in Care Lockdown 200. 

It's okay if you haven't decided what your Lockdown 200 challenge is going to be yet. You may be inspired by what other challengers are getting up to below! 

If you have any questions, we're here to help. Email Will on will.robinson@becomecharity.org.uk or call 07488 811 967.

 

Sign up form

You may be cycling 200 miles or something entirely different using the number 200. If you haven't decided yet, just leave this blank.
The suggested target is £300 but you can aim higher.
We will use your information to support you during this challenge. Can we also keep you updated with the difference you make and other ways you can get involved?


 

Next Steps

1. Once you've signed up, we'll invite you to post on Meet our Fundraisers below (optional!) and advise how you can stay connected with the wider team. 

 

2. Set up your fundraising page. You can join the team page on JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. You can then personalise it with your own target, photo and bio.

 

3. Get excited, spread the word and to kick-start your fundraising!

 

 

Vital fundraising for children in care

The suggested fundraising target is £300, but whatever you can raise will make a critical difference at this time of crisis.

Biking for Children in Care has been there for care-experienced young people since 2002, raising over £750,000. 

Your fundraising now during coronavirus is more important than ever, as young people who have already been through trauma and adversity are telling us they're struggling to cope.

Meet some of our Lockdown 200 fundraisers

Gill's cycling 200 miles

“I am aiming to cycle the 200 miles which we had planned to cover in North Wales. Depending on social distancing rules at the time, I will clock up the miles over the weekend of 18th to 22nd June by cycling from my home and on three or four circular routes into Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and Sussex. I’ll bike on my own, or if it’s allowed, with one or two of the Biking for Children in Care Lockdown 200 team."

FAQs

Lockdown 200 is a fundraising challenge this June organised by Biking for Children in Care. 

Biking for Children in Care is an annual cycling event which, because of coronavirus, has transformed into a stay-at-home challenge to abide by social distancing whilst still fundraising for Become. 

The annual biking distance is commonly 200 miles, hence Lockdown 200. 

You can either cycle 200 miles (solo or on a static bike) or come up with your own creative challenge around the number 200 (you may create, perform or complete 200 'somethings'). 

Most participants will complete their challenge over the weekend 18-22 June, but the target is to complete your challenge by the end of June 2020.

If your challenge will take more time, you can begin early and/or finish later. 

We recommend setting up an online fundraising page using JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving.  

Alternatively you can raise donations in cash and use sponsorship forms. Please get in touch with our fundraising team on fundraising@becomecharity.org.uk or call 07488 811 967 and we'll provide you with everything you need.

Young people who have been in care are telling us they feel alone and afraid. 

Our Care Advice Line is running remotely, receiving over 50 calls in April alone, and 60% were related to the coronavirus crisis.

 

- Financial insecurity has intensified. Many young people live hand to mouth and do not have savings to fall back on. Many work in the industries worst hit by the current lockdown – like retail and hospitality - and have lost or are at risk of losing their jobs.

- An increasing number of young people are worried about keeping the roof over their head. Those at the edge of homelessness are at higher risk and do not have the tools and information to secure their housing.

- Loneliness is a common challenge for young people leaving care. As they move to live alone – often before they’re ready – support networks that were in place fall away. The isolation they felt is compounded by the social distancing measures, particularly if they do not have the means to stay connected online or by phone.

- Care-experienced students are increasingly isolated as universities close and other students go home. Many don’t know where they will live as their flatmates leave student homes and they can’t manage the rent on their own

- Others have underlying health conditions but have no one to support them during self-isolation, can’t afford to get what they need and some feel they have to continue working. 

 

Become is entirely funded by voluntary donations and your fundraising will help us continue to run our front-line services and also develop new ways to best support children in care and young care leavers. 

It's because of you that many lonely and afraid young people will have someone to turn to now and into the future. 

Please complete the form on this page. You can also get in touch with our team by emailing will.robinson@becomecharity.org.uk or calling 07488 811 967

We are here to help!

You can get in touch with Will Robinson in our fundraising team by emailing will.robinson@becomecharity.org.uk or calling 07488 811 967