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With every online purchase you make, you have the opportunity to round up the balance of your basket and help people with intellectual disabilities learn to ride.

Your money will go to the Special Olympics GB to help them establish their first ever cycling programme. At Evans Cycles, we’re really proud to support this charity. For most of us, riding is more than a pastime (and a way of getting to work) – it’s a way of life. We know that riding a bike can help people develop independence and confidence, as well as being a great way to keep fit.

Working with Special Olympics GB we hope to inspire and enable more people to discover the joy of riding, and that’s what we’re passionate about above all else.

We hope you will help us support the programme by rounding up your purchase, here are a few answers to questions you might have.

Who do Special Olympics GB work with?

The charity work with people who have intellectual disabilities. This is a life-long mental disability which affects an individual’s ability to communicate effectively, learn new information, and adapt new skills. There are an estimated 1.2million people in Great Britain with learning disabilities.

How beneficial is the work of Special Olympics GB?

The year-round sports coaching and events provided by Special Olympics GB are clinically proven to positively change the quality of lives of the 8,000 registered athletes. Almost 1.2 million people in Great Britain (2% of the population) have intellectual disabilities. Research from Canterbury Christchurch University showed that those who did participate in Special Olympics had a higher self-esteem than those who did not take part. Higher self-esteem leads to more feelings of self-worth and more self-care. Findings also concluded that those involved in Special Olympics had wider social networks and lower stress levels

How will the cycling programme operate?

The project will operate initially through an existing network of clubs run by Cycling Projects called ‘Wheels for All’ centres, and these will be linked to local Special Olympics GB groups. As the scheme becomes more established, new centres will be set up across the UK.

What will the sessions involve?

Sessions will vary depending on the rider’s ability. All people with an intellectual disability will be given the opportunity to be learn to ride a solo bike or, if they can already ride a bike, to improve their cycling ability. As they progress they will have opportunities to ride take part in sportives, or to compete at regional, national or international events with Special Olympics.

When will the sessions start and how do I get involved?

The first centres will start delivering the project from January, and at that point details on how to attend will be available from the Special Olympics GB website.

How can customers donate?

Customers shopping online with Evans Cycles can donate by rounding up their purchases to the nearest pound using Pennies, the electronic charity box.

Who are Pennies?

Pennies is an independent registered charity that has created a new method for the old habit of dropping a few coins into a charity box on the shop counter. Pennies, the electronic charity box makes giving to charity easy, quick, and affordable for customers paying by card. There is no commitment to give and Pennies makes sure that all donations are received by the charities named on the virtual tin. More information is available here.

What if I want a refund?

We can refund products you buy from us, provided they are returnable and you are within 28 days. We cannot refund any money donated via Pennies to Special Olympics GB.
This story was last updated on 26/03/2014

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