Spotlight on Coram: Cycling to support vulnerable children and inspiring families
Club Peloton is a not-for-profit organisation, with all events raising vital funds for several beneficiary charities. In 2019 and 2020 our beneficiary charities are Coram, Cyclists Fighting Cancer, MSA Trust and Tom’s AP Rhys Memorial Trust.
We’ve had a longstanding partnership with Coram, and on Cycle to MIPIM this year 60% of the money raised was due be gifted to support many aspects of Coram’s work. Due to the global threat of the Novel COVID-19 virus, we had to make the tough decision to postpone both routes of Cycle to MIPIM the week prior to departure. This might have put fundraising for our charities in jeopardy, but since the news broke, our community has united and has excelled itself in creating numerous smaller events over the last few days to ensure that sponsorship targets can still be met. We’ve also created a virtual challenge on Strava, so that riders don’t put all their training and mental preparation to waste. Riders will have until Sunday 5th April to “Cycle to MIPIM” and back as many times as they can in their event teams. Despite there being no Cycle to MIPIM, we can still enjoy some healthy competition!
Since 2012, the Club Peloton community has fundraised to support crucial services in Coram, which support some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our society.
With the number of children in care at its highest for many years, and with fewer potential adopters coming forward, it is more important than ever that we can offer vital support to young people in the care system.
Thanks to sustained funding over many years from Club Peloton, Coram’s Adoption service is in a strong position to meet the current challenges in the sector. The service continues to be one of the largest and most successful independent adoption agencies in the country and is rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Coram Adoption continues to provide a high level of adoption support, from adoption information evenings to post-adoption support, giving children who have had a very challenging start in life the chance of a bright future in a safe, permanent and loving adoptive family.
Coram Life Education
Coram Life Education (CLE) is the largest national provider of children’s personal, social and health education (PSHE) in schools. A network of 20 delivery partners work with over 400,000 children in around 2,000 schools across the UK to deliver tailored education sessions and online resources, which help children understand key areas affecting their lives and development.
Club Peloton continues to be an essential partner to CLE, and the fundraising achieved for the service makes an enormous difference. Club Peloton champions CLE by adopting Harold the Giraffe, one of the characters school children meet through CLE, as their riders’ mascot. For many years, the riders have ridden Cycle to MIPIM with a little Harold clipped to their bikes. Last year, Harold trophies were awarded to those participants who exemplified team work, dedication to training and fantastic fundraising along their epic journey from London to Cannes. Club Peloton’s community of cyclists are extraordinary fundraisers, with a close relationship with Coram as a whole and a great understanding of the work CLE is doing to improve children’s wellbeing.
The Queen Elizabeth II Centre
In December 2018, Her Majesty The Queen formally opened the new Queen Elizabeth II Centre, based at Coram’s Bloomsbury Campus. Club Peloton Chief Executive Nick Hanmer and Chair of Trustees Nick Searl attended the official opening to represent Club Peloton and meet Her Majesty The Queen, as well as hear from the young people supported by Coram’s programmes.
The creation of The Queen Elizabeth II Centre was made possible by a generous grant of £100,000 from Club Peloton and the support of other donors. The Queen Elizabeth II Centre encompasses:
- Coram’s Children’s Rights Centre, integrating legal advice and information, legal representation, outreach and advocacy across education, immigration, community care and family law, securing access to justice for children and building civil society capacity to use legal means to fight for children.
- The Rangoonwala Conference and Learning Centre, supporting improved delivery of services seeking to drive systemic change and building capacity for the future through training, development and debate.
- The Co-Production Unit, championing children’s voices in decisions that matter to them and co-producing solutions for the future, putting children at the heart of the debate and development
The difference made by Club Peloton in 2019
- 4 children were placed with loving adoptive families thanks to Club Peloton's support
- 11 adopted children were able to access Coram's vital Post Adoption Supoort
- 26 families benefitted from regularly attending Stay and Play groups: free drop-in sessions for adopted familities, which provide an opportunity to connect and interact with other parents who understand the unique challenges of being an adopter
It’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the impact that cycling to MIPIM has on some of the most vulnerable young people in our country. We might not be able to physically cycle to MIPIM at the moment, but we are proving that we can still dig deep and keep pedalling for Coram and our other extremely worthy charity partners.