Little Wheels Lockdown Charity Ride

Little Wheels Lockdown Riders Alfie & Connie Wills

During the summer months, I put together a little virtual charity event for our local riders in Exeter and East Devon. So many children had made massive progress during lockdown with their riding. Some had managed to master their balance bikes or scooters for the first time, others had made the progression to riding with pedals. I felt so sad that all of the usual kids activities couldn’t operate, my events included. And that our Whizz Kids needed a bit of a morale boost as well as some incentive to keep active and use these new found skills.

So, I applied to Exeter City Council for a grant to supply the medals and postage costs. And a few other local businesses offered free help with the design of marketing materials and certificates. Thank you Exeter City Council, GX Accountancy & Bookeeping, TobyRix Design, & Tiny Designs!

Four courses were mapped out in the Exeter and Exmouth regions. Check out my other blogs for the course information if you’re looking for some new routes. Distance wise, they varied from about 2.5 – 3km long and were an out and back course. Hopefully far enough to challenge them but not too far that the parents ended up carrying them and the bikes for some of it!

Little Wheels Lockdown Ride

The parents signed up to either the Gold, Silver or Bronze level depending on the number of rides that they thought they could do over a 6 week period. Once completed, the whizz kids got sent their medal and certificate in post to celebrate the achievement.

We had around 125 riders sign up to complete the event. I’m so proud of them all! Together they rode about 800km! Brilliant isn’t it??!!!

And the icing on the cake was that we managed to raise £458 through voluntary donations for the UK charity Whizz-Kidz. They were over the moon too! They do amazing work in supporting disabled children throughout the UK lead a more mobile life.

Little Wheels Lockdown Ride Finishers

Our riders mainly joined in from Exeter and East Devon but some even travelled from Plymouth and Cullompton to take part!

The feedback was totally positive from parents which I loved to hear.

“Thank you so much for the challenge. Arlo only learnt to ride in lockdown, not only was the thought of a gold medal a great motivator, but it’s brought to our attention some really lovely child friendly family routes which we will continue to enjoy.”

“This event has been the perfect way to build both their confidences and bike skills. Harry, Callie’s big brother has taken part alongside her and encouraged her the whole way. Fantastic teamwork!”

We also made it into the press. Read the Devon Live article here and the East Devon News here

To all our Little Wheels Lockdown riders, congratulations on your amazing achievements and I hope that you keep up the riding!


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