Local organisation, HYPE Mersyside, focuses on getting people involved in cycling and during the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, invites NHS workers to apply for a bike to support them during this time.
More than 100 bikes will be delivered to frontline NHS workers over the next month, after HYPE’s initial offer to staff from Arrowe Park Hospital was met by an overwhelming response.
Julie Barnes, Lead Commissioner for Transport and Technology at Wirral Council, said: “The innovative scheme, launched by HYPE, is helping NHS staff on the frontline during this uncertain time, including those at Arrowe Park, Wirral.
“It is important that we all look after one another during the ongoing COVID-19 situation and I am delighted that a sustainable, healthy and free option is being made available for those who need to travel for work.
“I’d like to urge all our NHS workers to apply for one of these bikes and thank them as they continue to help us to fight this virus.”
Approximately 60 applications for the first 100 bikes were received in just 48 hours, these from NHS employees living within five miles of the hospital.
Matthew Houghton, Chief Executive at HYPE Merseyside, said: “Providing 100 bikes from our existing fleet was an immediate and obvious way that we could help. However, it quickly became clear that the demand was far greater than our initial supply.
“We want bikes that are too big, too small, rusty or those that you simply don’t have space for anymore. Our team will be happy you collect them, repair them and give them a new lease of life before handing them over to one of our local NHS heroes.”
To support even more NHS staff across the region, a community of more than 50,000 members, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched by HYPE to raise £20,000. Residents can get involved with HYPE and their campaign to support our frontline NHS workers by donating via the crowdfunding page or contacting them directly to donate any unwanted bikes.
Bike donations will allow recipients to travel for free, some staff having reported using 30% of their weekly wage to pay for travel. It is also hoped that the campaign will encourage frontline workers and the wider community to use cycling as a way of staying fit and healthy.
Matthew added: “We believe that the NHS staff working tirelessly across the region in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak are true heroes, the real ‘pride of Merseyside’ and we wanted to find a way to show our appreciation and help them during this crisis.”
The company’s sustainable plan is to provide more bikes to NHS staff within the next six months from its refurbished and recycled stock. Each recipient will retain the donated bike until the end of the year, after which they will be absorbed back into HYPE Merseyside’s fleet of hire bikes, for use in its community activities.
HYPE will be collecting unwanted bikes from homes across the region throughout April and May.
All money raised from the crowdfunding campaign will be spent on buying more bikes and repairing those donated by the public. Any additional money raised beyond the organisation’s crowdfunder target will be donated to NHS Charitable trusts.
How to get involved
If you are an NHS worker in Merseyside and would like to apply for a bike, please fill out HYPE's online form.
To donate, please visit HYPE’s crowdfunding campaign page.
If you have any unwanted bikes, please contact HYPE directly by either on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07793753527 to donate them.