Smart Works cycling challenge raises more than £40,000

Sarah Burns, Chair, Smart Works Reading
Primary interest
Funding and Fundraising

Organisations and individuals celebrated International Women’s Day 2017 by taking part in a cycling fundraiser for Smart Works. More than 60 teams from across the UK took to the roads and their local gyms to tackle the ‘Spin for Smart Works’ challenge for International Women’s Day 2017.

Teams of 5 were challenged to cycle 500 miles across 5 days, the equivalent distance between each Smart Works site (Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Reading and London). Teams chose which Smart Works site they were fundraising for, collectively cycling an incredible 27,836 miles and raising an impressive total of over £40,000 between them.

Smart Works Reading saw representation from several partner organisations including Oracle, Pythagoras and Verizon, with an additional team from St Johns University of Oxford. In total they raised over £3,000 for Smart Works Reading and cycled a total of 3,061 miles.

The money raised by the Reading teams in the Spin for Smart Works challenge will help us to continue offering our wonderful and effective service to the women in the Thames Valley.

For many women, the Smart Works experience is not just about receiving an interview outfit, but one which impacts many other aspects of their lives. Over 95% of Smart Works Reading clients have reported an increase in confidence following their appointment. If a client is successful in getting the job, she is able to start bringing an income to her household, and can act as a positive role model to those around her. Fundraising events help us to reach a wider clientele, allowing more women to get the clothing, get the confidence and get the job.