Relay Recruitment Launches New Community Support Programme
Relay Recruitment Launches New Community Support Programme by Backing Bradford Special School’s Cycle Fleet
There was pedal power aplenty at Chellow Heights Special School in Bradford when fundraisers for its ambitious mobility scheme, Steven Street and Jonathan Haggas, put its bespoke bikes through their paces with pupils.
Relay Recruitment managing director, Steven, recently completed a sponsored mountain biking, fell running and kayaking challenge in the Lake District to kick start the company’s new Smil£s in the Community programme, with client, Jonathan’s Valley In-Store Marketing, of Bingley and Keighley, the biggest benefactor. So far, they have raised £2,000 towards expanding Chellow Heights’ cycle fleet, which they presented to headmistress, Sue Haithwaite, and her staff.
& lsquo;Smil£s in the Community’ will see Relay staff log the distances they cover on foot, by bike, cycling machine or any other exercise route. The company will donate 50p for every mile to the fund, which will be shared by a number of Yorkshire charities and community causes, including Chellow Heights of Bingley Road, Bradford.
The school caters for pupils with special educational requirements. These are caused by a range of conditions, from autism through to profound physical disability - with accompanying learning, mobility, sensory, communication and behavioural issues.
Sue’s aim is to give each child access to a bike while there, enhancing motor skills and instilling a sense of independence and accomplishment. She believes that even those with the greatest problems can benefit from a cycling experience if appropriate adaptations are made. While some pupils can handle unmodified or only slightly-adjusted machines, for others the work required means their bikes must be custom made - at a cost of £2k - £5k each.
Steven and Jonathan are both keen distance cyclists and Steven completed a coast-to-coast two-wheel jaunt for charity last year.
He said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their encouragement and donations so far. We have had fantastic backing from individuals and companies alike, including our partner, Stafforce Recruitment, which has a long history of support for communities at home and abroad and shares our instinct to give back to society.”
With this in mind, Relay is encouraging clients, candidates, suppliers and friends to also go the distance by raising money for & lsquo;Smil£s in the Community’. Anyone who would like to add their mileage and donation to the cause can simply email their distances covered – together with details of when, where and by what means of transport and how much they want to contribute - to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will be registered as a & lsquo;Smiling Miler’ and receive details of how to make payment.
Proof of Steven’s ordeal can be seen at: http://runkeeper.com/user/SteveStreet/activity/30362147