We're raising funds to provide up to 1000 bikes to support NHS staff to travel for free during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the 16th March, we approached St Barts Hospital and NHS London to provide bikes for their front line staff who wished to avoid being crammed onto buses and trains during the Coronavirus crisis. The word rapidly spread and has since gone national seeing registrations from Portsmouth, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Over 500 NHS staff have registered for the free rental of a Brompton Bike (see below) and we want to do more, but we simply don’t have enough bikes available in our hire fleet. Based on current levels of registration, we expect this to increase to the point where a further 1,000 bikes are required.
The ‘Wheels for Heroes’ campaign will see Brompton commit production capacity equating to an investment of up to £100,000 to fund bikes for NHS workers but the more we can raise the more we can do. And we plan for this to have a lasting impact beyond the current crisis, afterwards - the bikes will continued to be used by NHS for a nominal maintenance fee (£1 per hire) and some of them will be donated to hospitals to manage as a fleet or for graduate doctors and nurses. Brompton Bike Hire will not profit off any of these hires or bikes produced.
Please support our #WheelsForHeroes campaign
The take up of our initial offer of bikes to the NHS has been truly incredible and far beyond our expectations... but we want to do more so we are calling on the Brompton community & on our wider community to get involved where they can and contribute towards the cost of the bikes.
Any support no matter how small (or large) will make a huge difference to us being able to support the NHS staff. Thank you.
*Any additional money raised beyond what is possible to be produced by the factory will be donated to NHS Charitable trusts (www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk) This could be in the event that the government imposes additional restrictions on business operations or unforeseen circumstances relating to staffing or safe continuation of manufacturing.