Charities


Velo Sister donates 20% of each sale to charities that helps women in cycling and beyond.  Find out more about each of the charities below.

Wheels For Wellbeing
"Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) is an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling. Cycling can be easier than walking, a way to keep independent, fit and healthy, a mobility aid, and a useful form of everyday transport. Inclusive cycling means EVERYONE can cycle regardless of age, health condition or impairment.

We own the largest fleet of adapted cycles in London, and run inclusive cycling session for disabled children and adults to try our two, three and four wheeled cycles. Last year more than 1400 disabled people and their carers and families learned to cycle with us and enjoy new skills, freedom, health, feel-good and independence. We also offer advice, training and consultancy on access, disability and equality issues, and campaign to improve conditions to make every day journeys possible for children and adults on any type of cycle.
  • £10 could support one disabled person to discover cycling at one of our inclusive sessions.
  • £60 could fund fooplates to help those who are having difficulty keeping feet on pedals.
  • £500 could pay for a cycling session, where we could take our cycles to a group who can't get to us."
Read one woman's story (Ann's story), and how Wheels For Wellbeing has helped, here.
 

Racing Chance Foundation

"The Racing Chance Foundation was set up to fill the void for women who want to race their bikes competitively. To that end, we promote racing and training for all levels, from novice to elite, from novice race training sessions to arranging trips to races abroad for riders who aspire to be professional cyclists. 

Since 2014, we have trained more than 200 women and have helped race series to be established across the UK. We offer membership to anyone over the age of 16, regardless of their gender, and we have been instrumental in ensuring that opportunities exist for women who aspire to race. 

We are registered as a charity in England and Wales and rely entirely on donations and goodwill. All of our trustees and supporters are volunteers who give up their spare time to enable the sport of women's cycling to grow." 

Boot Out Breast Cancer

"Boot Out Breast Cancer was set up in 2010 by Debbie Dowie who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Many women recieve diagnosis each year and the team at Boot Out Breast Cancer want to make a difference.

Since our first event in November 2010 and we have raised over £540,000 all spent on equipment in the North West. We have provided equipment for The Royal Bolton NHS hospital, The Nightingale Centre NHS hospital in South Manchester, Thomas Linacre Breast Centre at Wrighington Wigan and Leigh NHS Hospital, Leighton NHS Hospital in Crewe, Chorley NHS Hospital, The Broadgreen NHS Hospital in Liverpool and the Paterson Institue next to The Christie. The equipment we have purchased is saving theatre time, anaesthetic and we believe giving that early diagnosis, which is key to ultimately saving lives."

Freedom From Torture

"Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, has been working for more than 30 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK, as well as striving to protect and promote their rights. Since its inception, over 50,000 individuals have been referred for help. Thanks to the dedication of staff and volunteers – as well as scores of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances."

Read about one woman's story (Sophia's story), and how Freedom From Torture has helped her, here. Warning: the story contains details that some people may find distressing.

Big Change Manchester

Big Change Manchester brings together charities, organisations and people who want to end homelessness to use donations effectively to support change. It's an effective way to support people who are homeless. By providing the practical items they need to build new lives off the streets, such as rent deposits and training courses, donations can help individuals to make a lasting change. If you'd like to make a donation directly to the campaign, or view the donations made so far, you can do so here.

If you'd like an insight into the situations that lead people to become homeless, what it's like on the streets, and how the homeless organisations help them, then you can read Izy's story.

If you'd like to find out how you can help in ways other than donating money then check out the Street Support website.