Our emergency services workers have been the ones on the frontline during this awful pandemic. It is their incredible work that has kept our country going this last year.
Next week will see the official launch of the first ever cycling club to support emergency service workers and armed forces to be held outside New Scotland Yard.
Colin Nye, Honorary President of the Bluelight Cycling Club told the Havering Daily: “The club has been created to support all blue light workers, partner agencies and the armed forces to attain the physical and mental health benefits that can be achieved through cycling.
“The last year has placed an enormous strain on our communities and we sincerely believe this is an opportunity to help our colleagues. They will also gain access to exclusive benefits and discounts as part of their membership package.”
Chief Superintendent Roy Smith, from the Metropolitan Police told the Havering Daily: “ The work undertaken by the emergency services and partners like the armed forces is unlike other vocations and sometimes sees our colleagues subjected to repeated trauma. Having a community built around a shared interest like cycling is an excellent way to decompress in a safe space. I am delighted to be able to support this initiative in a small way and wish all those involved the very best of luck”.
The idea of the club began in 2019 when Colin Nye and two colleagues from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) originally arranged a charity cycle ride from London2Paris for June 2020 in aid of COPS (Care of Police Survivors.) This event was sadly cancelled along with the subsequent ride in 2021 due to travel restrictions imposed in response to the COVID19 pandemic.
But that was not the end, interest in emergency services cycling grew on Twitter and various other platforms leading to a variety of emergency workers from different agencies meeting virtually on Zoom in March 2021 and the vision of the Bluelight Cycling Club was realised.
The club, which is a nonprofit community interest company, will support five charities, each one linked to the relevant emergency services.
On May 4 this club will officially launch its website and club kit along with the benefits scheme supported by David Birch from Endurance Zone.
There are huge benefits in regular cycling. It is the third most popular recreational activity in the UK with nearly 4 million people riding a bike each month. It’s an easy way to exercise. You could even use it to get to work. Money saved and exercise combined – what could be better!?
So whether you are a yellow jersey contender with a state of the art carbon-frame bike, or have just dusted off your old bike from the garage we encourage you all to take the chance to cycle just once a week and join the UK’s most inclusive cycling club.
‘Sport is a great way to escape from the everyday stresses of life and cycling is my way of doing just that. When the opportunity to be involved with the Bluelight Cycling Club presented itself, I welcomed the chance to represent NHS members. Well-being is a key focus of the committee and I hope the club has a positive impact on the overall mental and physical health of members.’
Paul Mcclenaghan Borough Commander LFB Havering