Needy children win gift of bikes


Children who fled their family home after domestic abuse have been helped to rebuild their lives by a charity.

A group of children from a Spurgeons children’s centre in Aylesbury have received a donation of bikes from team building company, O3E.

The Spurgeons charity works with children and families affected by social disadvantage across the country.

The bikes, built by employees of Dun & Bradstreet who volunteered their time, and delivered by O3E, will be given to children in the local area.

Lisa Chambers, children’s services manager in Aylesbury, said: “We are really grateful to O3E for this donation. It is support like this that enables us to go that little bit further for the children we work with.

“We are currently supporting a family who have very recently moved into rented accommodation following some time in a women’s refuge.

“They fled their family home due to domestic abuse, leaving their belongings behind. The children will be absolutely delighted to receive these bikes as they start to rebuild their lives in their new home.”

Julian Prower, senior company officer at Dun & Bradstreet UK said: “The important work that Spurgeons does to support disadvantaged families across the UK is truly inspiring, and it is a privilege for our team to contribute in some small way to help them achieve their mission. Being inherently generous is one of Dun & Bradstreet’s core company values, and we were delighted to partner with O3E to build bikes for children in need as part of our ‘Do Good’ volunteer community outreach.”

Spurgeons works to find long-lasting solutions to the challenges faced by children and families such as poverty, abuse problems, offending and other social issues. At any one time, they’re reaching out to over 37,000 children and young people.

Through a number of initiatives and services around the country, Spurgeons supports looked after children; those with a parent in prison; young carers and those young people most at risk from harm, exploitation and abuse.

They help vulnerable children to speak up about the things they care about and ensure their voices are heard by those who have the power to change lives.

O3E, which runs the Charity Bike Build, allows companies who take part in team building activities to create something that can benefit their community.