Pedal power to London nursery children with donation of 56 bikes to help tackle the capital’s obesity epidemic, One in five children in the UK start school either overweight or obese. Bikeworks donates 56 bikes to London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) to get nursery children active.
June O’Sullivan MBE warns of ‘absolute crisis’ in nurseries with some children unable to cross their legs due to being overweight.
Call for London Mayor to give every London child access to a bike whilst at nursery to help curb the Capital’s escalating childhood obesity epidemic
Bikeworks, a not for profit social enterprise based in Bethnal Green, has partnered with London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) – the UK's largest childcare charity and social enterprise – to generously donate 56 bikes for nursery children (plus a further 32 later this year) as part of a joint initiative to get children active and help curb the Capital’s escalating childhood obesity epidemic.
With statistics showing one in five children in the UK start school either overweight or obese and experts warning of an ‘absolute crisis’ in child health leading to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, the bike donation will be spread across 16 of LEYF’s 37 nurseries.
To mark the initiative, both LEYF and Bikeworks is calling on Sadiq Khan to follow Boris Johnson’s legacy but, this time, give every London child access to a bike whilst at nursery – a fraction of the cost of what would be spent by the NHS treating obesity related (and life threatening) health conditions.
June O’Sullivan MBE and CEO of LEYF says: “We believe that to overcome childhood obesity the issue should be tackled at an early age, especially when new research suggests people’s unbalanced eating habits develop as early as nine months of age. With weight problems in children unacceptably high, especially among low-income populations it’s imperative that we, as London’s largest nursery provider, take action to help address the country’s biggest public health crisis and what better way than to learn how to ride.”
Jim Blakemore, CEO of Bikeworks adds, “Bikeworks has shown that through our successful team building service, Charity Bike Factory, and strategic partnership with LEYF we can build a foundation to not only increase the health and wellbeing of young Londoners but also encourage cycling as a healthy activity from as young an age as possible.
We hope we can use this partnership to allow every young person in a LEYF nursery access to a bicycle over the coming years.”
LEYF Nurseries To Receive Free Bikes from Bikeworks include:
6x Leys (Dagenham East)
5x Carlton Hill (Maida Vale)
5x Eastbury Nursery (Barking)
5x Ford Road (Dagenham)
4x Bessborough (Pimlico)
4x Katharine Bruce (Queen’s Park)
4x Burgess Park (Walworth)
4x Bird in Bush (Peckham)
3x Warwick Nursery (Royal Oak)
3x Colville (Ladbroke Grove)
3x Micky Star (Paddington)
2x Queensborough (Queensway)
2x Stockwell (Stockwell)
2x Weir Link (Clapham South)
2x Townmead (Wandsworth Town)
2x Queen’s Park (Queen’s Park)