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Surrey children’s charity secures spaces in iconic RideLondon-Essex 100 road race

The Eikon Charity is recruiting cyclists to take part in RideLondon-Essex 100 and raise funds for the charity’s critical work supporting vulnerable young people in Surrey.

Surrey children’s charity, The Eikon Charity, has secured a limited number of spaces in RideLondon-Essex 100, taking place on Sunday 29th May 2022. After a two-year absence, the London Classics road race is returning with a brand-new route. The charity is looking for cyclists to join them for the challenge event and help raise funds to support their critical work supporting at-risk young people in Surrey.

All cyclists taking part in the iconic road race for The Eikon Charity will receive expert advice along the way, fundraising support and an Eikon Charity cycling vest.

The Eikon Charity asks each of its cyclists to fundraise £500, which will make a huge difference to children facing serious challenges, often with no one else to turn to for support. With this money the charity can provide more one-to-one support sessions, lunch clubs, youth groups, dedicated practitioners in schools and lots of other key services which give vulnerable children the support they deserve.

Chief Executive of The Eikon Charity, Chris Hickford MBE, says:

“In nearly 30 years of The Eikon Charity’s existence we have not seen the wellbeing of children and young people be so low. More children than ever are really struggling. By taking on the RideLondon-Essex 100 challenge and raising money for Eikon, you can help us provide more caring and committed professionals in schools and communities across Surrey who support these children through their challenges and to improved health. Please get involved and fundraise so that we can be there for more children who need us. Thank you.”

The Eikon Charity helps children struggling with a range of serious challenges, they may be experiencing anxiety, loneliness, family loss, or being the victim of bullying, neglect or abuse. Some children feel so overwhelmed that they deliberately harm themselves, or even take their own lives. By working in partnership with schools, communities, health & social care and other organisations, Eikon focuses on supporting disadvantaged and at-risk children to help them overcome these challenges, find ways forward and thrive.

You can find more information at eikon.org.uk/ride-london-2022/

Notes to editors:

When this charity was set up we looked for a name that represented what we’re about.  The word eikon (pronounced icon) comes from the Greek, meaning an image or picture; our hope was that we could help young people imagine a better future, unburdened by anxiety – that we could help them re-imagine what is possible and be well.  We’ve not given up on that hope.

More information on the charity:    www.eikon.org.uk

More information on the event:      www.ridelondon.co.uk

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