Guernsey cyclists raise funds for The Eleanor Foundation to help people build sustainable futures

November 21st, 2012 by Events

On 18 November 2012, over 200 cyclists took part in a bicycle ride from Vazon Kiosk, around the north coast of Guernsey, and south to Market Square, St Peter Port to raise funds for The Eleanor Foundation.

The Eleanor Foundation was created in the memory of 22 year old Ellie who tragically was killed by a left turning lorry on Tower Bridge Road in London in December 2011.

The bicycle ride raised over £4000 for the Foundation and the charities Ellie supported.

“Some of the funds raised will go to Road Peace, which campaigns for safer roads, and helps victims of road deaths by giving support to the bereaved. The charity is for all vulnerable road users,” Allister Carey, Ellie’s father, said.

“We will also make payments to Water Aid.”

“It is a particular charity that Ellie supported hugely. She had run a half marathon in London a few weeks before her death to raise money for it,” he said.

“Most of the funds that The Eleanor Foundation raises will go towards building sustainable futures in the developing world. We will be partnering charities that do that.”

“Ellie was studying International Development at London Met University. Her burning ambition was to become a development professional in the developing world helping communities to build sustainable futures for themselves.”

“The Eleanor Foundation is seeking to realise some of Ellie’s ambitions. The Foundation will look to partner and support, in whatever way it can, the type of initiatives and support projects that she would have approved of,” Mr. Carey said.

“Ellie was a committed environmentalist. She believed in using her own energy wherever possible as a means of transport to minimise her carbon footprint.”

“She bought virtually all her clothes at charity shops and adapted what she already owned. She was a quite remarkable young woman. She was highly selective in the charities she supported and applied rigorous standards in terms of cost controls.”

“We will attempt to ensure that the Foundation maintains these standards,” Mr. Carey said.

“Ellie had a passion for Africa and had already volunteered in Southern Africa,” he said. “We are seeking charities that work in Africa to partner with.”

Mr. Carey said “given the circumstances of Ellie’s death I have become involved in the cycle debate and campaign that has developed over the last 12 months.”

“The two aspects that have occupied me the most relate to the problem posed towards cyclists and pedestrians by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and the insensitive manner in which the justice system deals with victims of road death and injury.

“My wife Shan either cycles or walks as her means of transport and whilst I use my little van for my gardening business I cycle for recreational purposes. We are therefore really keen to see cycling and walking being taken seriously by the authorities in Guernsey,” Mr. Carey said.

“I have become a member of CTC, Road Peace (who have been a huge support to us), and the London Cycling Campaign.

“I will continue to lobby Transport for London and the UK Department for Transport and I am keen to provide local input about road safety issues for cyclists and pedestrians,” he said.

“I would be very happy to get involved in initiatives to promote bicycling. The health dividend is incredible.”

“Have you read ‘The Energy Glut?” he asked.  All the profits of the sale of this book go towards supporting Road Peace.

The book argues that the use of petroleum “not only started the process of catastrophic climate change, but also propelled the average human weight distribution upwards.”

The book states that “the accumulation of body fat is a political, not a personal, problem.”

When all the cyclists had arrived in Market Square, and were offered food and drinks, Allister Carey stood on a bench to address the crowd.

On behalf of The Eleanor Foundation, he thanked all those involved in organising the bicycle ride and all those taking part.

The Guernsey Police were thanked for providing the escort, and the Insurance Corporation for their support.

He also thanked the many friends who had helped with the organisation of the ride and provision of refreshments in the market square.

“The money raised from the bicycle ride will help the development partners that The Eleanor Foundation will identify to make people’s lives easier and more sustainable and to help them out of the poverty trap,” he said.

“On the 11 December 2012 The Eleanor Foundation has organised a low-key event where the Captain’s Choir will be singing carols at The Captain’s Hotel. There will be refreshments, and a collection for the Foundation afterwards,” he said.

“And a sausage and cider music evening is being organised for 15 March 2013 at the Bon Port Hotel to raise additional funds.”

3 Responses to “Guernsey cyclists raise funds for The Eleanor Foundation to help people build sustainable futures”

  1. rosie dorey

    If only town always looked like this! Lots of people cycling always creates a great atmosphere- plenty of smiles all round despite the seriousness and sadness of the cause.

    More biking in Guernsey please!

  2. Gareth Jones

    To all of Eleanor’s friends and family,

    What a great cause. I live not far from where this accident took place and often think of her. With best wishes from the people of Bermondsey, London.

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