Helping Watford charities is as easy as riding a bike

Helping Watford charities is as easy as riding a bike

Helping Watford charities is as easy as riding a bike

Watford charities on the frontline of the Covid-19 response are set to benefit from rides taken on the local Beryl Bikes.

A unique ride-to-donate initiative being launched by Beryl, the town’s bike share provider and supported by local software innovator PLM Central Ltd, is set to bolster Watford Borough Council’s Watford Helps coronavirus charities appeal.

Every ride taken on a Beryl Bike in the coming fortnight will see PLM Central Ltd donate 50p to the appeal on the cyclist’s behalf.

As more residents reach out for help during the Covid-19 crisis and local charities are forced to suspend planned fundraising activities, for many charities funding is as low as it’s ever been.

“Ride For Watford” will give residents a chance to support those in their community by simply riding a bike.

Residents are encouraged to take a ride for daily exercise, use a greener mode of transport to work, or enjoy a spin to Watford’s local shops to help donate to the charities appeal.

To hire a Beryl Bike, users can download the Beryl app for free from the App Store for iOS, and the Google Play Store for Android.

Bikes can be picked up and dropped off in marked ‘Beryl Bays’ which are visible both in app and on the street. Beryl will donate 20% of the total value of Minute Bundles purchased during the two-week initiative.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster, who is a keen cyclist, has thrown his support behind the campaign and encouraged Watfordians to participate by riding or donate by text.

Those wishing to make additional donations to help local Watford charities can text WATFORD to 70970 to donate £5 or text WATFORD to 70191 to donate £10. 100% of all donations made through “Ride For Watford” will go to local charities.

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