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Newham Door-to-Store – survey of potential need

Would Newham benefit from a Door-to-Store service? We'd like your views.

Would Newham benefit from a Door-to-Store service? We’d like your views.

We are researching the potential need to provide a Door-to-Store shopping service in Newham. The survey is open to residents of Newham who may find it difficult to do their shopping, possibly because they have lost personal mobility as they have got older or because they have a disability which impairs their mobility.

We have been providing a similar service in Waltham Forest for almost ten years which has enabled individuals to continue to live independently rather than being obliged to enter residential care. Continue reading

Final Southend and back training ride #dbmr2016

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

The three MAMILs have done it again!. Waltham Forest Town Hall to Southend-on-Sea and back – three marathon distances in one day! Total age of cyclists – 166 years. That’s about the same age as fifteen children and young people on a minibus but rolled into three dedicated endurance cyclists. But we haven’t finished yet!

This coming Sunday two of us are going to cycle to Richmond Park again to do yet more laps of the perimeter road, hopefully to be joined by other cyclists whom we can press gang into the cause. Another 75 miles of cycling pleasure. Continue reading

The £1 Social Media Challenge

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

Can you spare a quid?

It’s not a big ask is it? £1 could buy a child in care or a young carer one day away from their routine and take them to the seaside to give them a memory that might last their entire life – because you cared enough to spare him or her £1.

Here’s how it works: – Continue reading

David Bellamy Memorial Ride update

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

We continue to make steady progress in our training schedule completing around 65 miles in total on our three counties (Middlesex, Essex, Hertfordshire) training ride on Sunday.

Against a fairly decent headwind (which more-or-less died out for the return leg) we averaged 12.8mph and I cannot help but notice that I managed a top speed of 36.7mph (in a 40mph zone). Not at all bad for a hexagenarian (or, if you prefer, a sexagenarian! as the two are interchangeable). Check out the ride stats. Continue reading

Welcome to our fleet upgrade

20160401_095941If you’ve ever bought a new car then you will always remember that “new car smell”. Well, it’s the same with minibuses – only much bigger – the vehicle not the smell!

On my recent visit to our Low Hall depot my attention was drawn to three shiny, new Ford Transit minibuses – all silver-grey, all 16 passenger seat and all with a really wide side door and an automatic step that pops out to make getting in that much easier. Continue reading

Memorial Ride Training Update

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

Powered by Jelly Babies and hard boiled eggs (a natural source of protein) the famous three (total age 166) headed out from Waltham Forest Town Hall at 10am precisely on Sunday bound for Richmond Park, the haunt of many thousands of cyclists, there to do laps of the seven mile internal perimeter road.

Using the London Cycle Network quiet routes we made our way encountering almost no vehicles and almost as few cycles until we reached Marble Arch then on through Hyde Park and through the posh part of town, through Chelsea Harbour and onwards joining the A205 before turning left and heading into the park via (I think) the Roehampton Gate. The rest of this is a truly interesting read so please read it!!! Continue reading

Easter Sunday training ride and fundraising update

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

Being that it was Easter Sunday we elected to do a shorter ride today but to fill it with some decent hills to test the legs and the lungs.

The route around Woodford, Barkingside, Chigwell, Abridge, Theydon Bois, Epping Forest, Loughton, Chingford and back to Waltham Forest Town Hall was just over 25 miles with 1440 feet of hills climbed.

A little spice was added in the form of a hail storm but nothing deters the proper cyclist. For part of the ride we were accompanied by members of my cycling club (Lea Valley Cycling Club) who had forgotten to put their clocks forward so were late for their own ride and they were very welcome. Continue reading

Morrisons Foundation awards charity £15,000 towards Seniors’ Excursion Club

Morrisons Grant 02We are delighted to announce that Morrisons Foundation has awarded our parent charity the sum of £15,000 to help to facilitate a Seniors’ (over 60s) Excursion Club during 2016 in Newham and Waltham Forest.

This generous grant will enable us to provide a low-cost service enabling older residents to enjoy well-deserved day trips using our minibuses and drivers.

Representatives of groups from Newham and Waltham Forest attended Morrisons at Stamford Hill with our Business Development Managers , Michele (Waltham Forest) and Martyn (Newham) and one of our drivers, Iain, to receive the cheque from the Duty Manager, Edita and her assistant Monika. Continue reading

David Bellamy Inaugural Memorial Ride 2016 – training update

20160320_133227Sunday, 20th March 2016 was Mum’s birthday – as it is every year – so I knew we had to make a special effort today. We departed Waltham Forest Town Hall, as usual, as the clock struck 10. We were Angray Kang, Paul Smyth and yours, truly, Martyn Bellamy.

Before we get into the detail, we are delighted to announce that our fundraising has already raised sufficient funds to pay for one minibus for the day to take up to 15 children to the seaside with supervision, buy them all fish and chips and an ice cream and spend some quality time in a permanent funfair before bringing them safely home. Now we only need to raise funds for the other 39 minibuses so please share, share, share. Continue reading

Memorial Ride – providing a great day out for children with needs

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

David Bellamy Memorial Ride 2016

Most of us enjoy a day at the seaside. We take out our children and they enjoy fun in the sun and build many happy memories. Indeed, many enjoy the delights of a sunny beach holiday abroad these days and our television channels are replete with adverts and programmes about exotic holidays at bargain prices.

Spare a thought for a moment about whether this is the kind of memory that all children enjoy. The simple answer is that this is not so. The life of a young carer, for example is to fit in school and study around caring for an adult living with disability and where, for whatever reason, the required level of care is not provided by other means. There are neither the means nor the opportunity in the normal course of things for that young carer to enjoy a day at the seaside. Continue reading

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

David Bellamy Memorial Ride

Following the successful completion of the entire (almost) 80 miles of the route from Waltham Forest Town Hall to Southend Pier and back on Sunday, 6th March 2016, we are delighted to announce that the fundraising ride proper will take place on Sunday, 22nd May 2016, departing Walthamstow Town Hall at 0900hrs.

The test ride was completed this Sunday past at an average speed of 12.5mph which, considering the almost 30 miles of hills between Basildon to Southend and back is no mean feat and included a wrong turn by yours truly! Continue reading