Welcome to The 12 Days Of Crowdfunding… a celebration of our top picks from 2017 – and trust me, there were a lot to choose from. We take our hats off to all of our project owners, who are a collection of some of the finest changemakers out there. They are working hard everyday to make their mark on communities across the whole of the UK, with the help of the Crowd of course. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and can’t wait to welcome in the New Year with the same resolution that we always abide by (we don’t mind if you want to steal it as yours too)… Make Ideas Happen.
There has to be a reason that 1.9 million adults are cycling nearly everyday of the week!* Perhaps it is because it makes us feel strong, or maybe it is because it gives us a new sense of perspective in how we view and experience the world. It’s easy to see that the array of positive emotions that are attributed to cycling can lead us to living healthier and happier lives.
Ultimately, we feel good when we ride a bike, and 2017 saw the innovative Crowdfunder community working on spreading this joy to as many people as possible.
Santander Cycles – find out more here.
The Initiative: The Santander Cycles University Challenge offered two universities the chance to win the upfront costs for a cycle hire scheme for their campus worth over £100,000. Launched in January 2017, 25 universities were offered access to coaching and consultancy support from ourselves and nextbike, to help them design their own Santander Cycles hire scheme. In May, the five best schemes were shortlisted and then went through to the final crowdfunding stage of the competition. The five competing universities went head to head to raise funds and demonstrate the commitment of their local community to the scheme.
Why? As well as being an innovative approach to show how cycle hire schemes can be funded and sustained within communities across the UK, the Santander Cycles competition sought to promote community involvement.
Cycling Without Age – find out more here.
The Initiative: Launched in 2012 by Ole Kassow to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, Cycling Without Age tackles the problem of limited mobility by offering free bike rides to local nursing home residents on a specially designed trishaw. Too often, when our senior citizens become confined to their own homes or reside in care homes, they lack the freedom to get outdoors and explore the world around them.
This year, we announced an innovative partnership with Cycling Without Age to help support, fund and launch more Cycling Without Age chapters across the UK. We’re helping each location to raise the funds from the local community that are needed to purchase a trishaw bike and bring more projects to care homes. Inspiring communities all over the country to crowdfund for a trishaw, the initiative was even picked up by and featured on Amazing Humans (BBC).
More bikes means more impact, and more elderly residents lives transformed.
Why? This initiative is so important because it helps to reduce isolation in the community, as well as tackling the problem of limited mobility in the elderly by offering free bike rides that put smiles on a lot of faces.
From The Team
Simon Walker, Head of Campaigns at Crowdfunder.co.uk said, “We are delighted to be working with Cycling Without Age to help new chapters launch across the UK. Crowdfunder projects are rooted in driving social impact in the UK and Cycling Without Age does that in spades. We look forward to welcoming more communities needing bikes onto Crowdfunder in 2018.”