Ride more than 80 miles on a bike. In the pouring English rain. With no breaks. Sounds exhausting, right?! What could be an even bigger challenge than that?
Yesterday thousands took part in Ride London, cycling the distance from the capital to Surrey and back, to support causes including Scope. It’s a tough challenge but after they’d passed the finish line we asked them to go one step further…
The 550 Challenge
Ride London participants were some of the first people to take part in a new awareness-raising campaign – the 550 Challenge. What’s it all about?
Life costs more if you’re disabled. From speaking to disabled people around the country, we’ve found it costs an extra £550 a month on average. Those extra costs could be anything from transport and taxis to get out and about, to an adapted knife and fork so you can eat.
As you can imagine, being that much out of pocket is having a big impact on people’s lives. This has to change – and it starts with getting the word out.
We want to raise awareness of the £550 extra disabled people are having to pay – that’s the big challenge. To do it we’re asking people all around the country to take a photo or a video of themselves with “550” in it and share it on social media. Together we can get Britain talking.
The tired cyclists at Ride London did a brilliant job of getting the ball rolling! Here are just a few of our favourites:
Are you up for the challenge too?
If they can do a great “550” photo after riding all day in the pouring rain, you definitely can too! There are loads of easy ways to take part. You could:
- Draw a 550 sign
- Decorate a cake with 550 icing
- Set yourself a 5 minutes 50 seconds challenge (or 550 metres or even 550 miles!)
- Or whatever you like that’s 550 – get creative, get active, get together with friends or colleagues!
- Take a photo or video.
- Share it on Facebook or Twitter and include www.scope.org.uk/550 and #550challenge
- Email it to us firstname.lastname@example.org