Cycling Without Age achieves crowdfunding target as high street bank, Santander, pledges an extra £20,000 on top.
A Falkirk project which has been designed to take elderly people on cycle rides to reduce isolation in the community, has achieved its crowdfunding target of £20,000, with Santander matching the fund by contributing an extra £20,000 on top.
Subject of a BBC Three ‘Amazing Humans’ short film which grabbed the attention of over 20 million people, Cycling Without Age has crowdfunded to purchase specially designed Trishaws, which enables local volunteers to visit care homes in the community and offer residents an opportunity to get out and about. The amazing project gained viral status via social media and was also covered on ITV and Sky News, highlighting the significance of how society’s views toward helping the elderly need to change.
Fraser Johnston, project lead for Cycling Without Age Scotland, said:
“We were totally overwhelmed when we reached our initial target. When we set this, it was very much a ‘best-case’ scenario. Thanks to the support from the Crowdfunder team, we were able to ensure that our message was loud and clear – this is a people driven project, and we are thrilled that our supporters could all be part of the movement by contributing to the campaign.”
From a previous crowdfunding campaign with Crowdfunder.co.uk in March 2017, the project raised just over £2,000 and purchased one Trishaw to launch the project in Falkirk. This was added to the two Trishaws already funded through additional means which had already transformed the lives of both elderly residents in the area and the volunteers involved.
The extra £20,000 donation which was added to the newest campaign is part of the Santander Changemaker Fund, a partnership between Santander and Crowdfunder.co.uk, created to support UK social enterprises that help disadvantaged people in the UK to tackle social problems in an innovative way. Cycling Without Age received 50 per cent of its funding requirement from the fund as well as coaching and training from crowdfunding experts, Crowdfunder.co.uk. To date, the fund has supported 39 different projects.
Fraser continued: “Hitting the initial £20k target, has enabled another three Trishaws to be purchased. When we received the phone call to confirm that our application to the Santander Changemaker Fund had been successful, we were ecstatic to think that such a large organisation had such belief in the merits of our project to make such a significant financial backing. Through the support of Santander, we will be able to afford to give up to 800 additional senior citizens the opportunity to get outside and feel the wind in their hair through Cycling Without Age.”
Sue Douthwaite, Managing Director of Santander Business Banking, commented:
“We are thrilled to support Cycling Without Age as they expand their services to help give the elderly a chance to remain an active part of society and their local communities. I look forward to seeing how the project develops with the benefit of this funding.”
Rob Love, Chairman of Crowdfunder.co.uk said:
“The Changemaker Fund was developed in partnership with Santander to help projects just like Cycling Without Age; it’s about turning community-based ideas into a reality. Santander has a total pot of £200,000 available, to support such projects, so there’s still plenty more to go around. The Changemaker Fund is about putting the power into the hands of those who want to make a real difference and give them the tools to be able to do so, the pure emotional pull of this project was astounding and we encourage all those with a desire and idea to give back to the community to apply for a slice of the Santander pie. We look forward to seeing the difference Cycling Without Age makes in Falkirk and to its elderly residents.”
You could also get money from Santander Changemaker:
Are you a social enterprise or community group that could use up to £10,000? We have £200,000 to pledge on crowdfunding projects that benefit disadvantaged groups. For more information visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/changemaker