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The Sikh Helpline Miles for PPE Challenge

1 May 2020

Community Champions
Participants in The Sikh Helpline's annual cycle event in 2019.

The Sikh Helpline is a charity based in Oldbury. The team take calls from across the country, offering free telephone counselling to individuals of any age, gender, race or status.

With the country in lockdown and many in isolation, the helpline is seeing an increased number of calls from those in need, including victims of domestic abuse, substance addiction, and those affected by depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The Sikh Helpline is working with local services to ensure all cases are dealt and those in need of help and support continue to have a platform to reach out to, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Sikh Helpline's annual charity bike ride from Birmingham to Scotland is a staple of the fundraising calendar. But due to social distancing regulations in place, this year's campaign comes with a lockdown twist.

The Miles for PPE Challenge appeal is a cycle event with a difference. Participants can take part individually, in isolation or as a team if you are isolating with friends and family, indoors or outdoors, and even if you don’t own a bike you can walk or run your miles.

100% of funds raised will be used to buy vital PPE equipment for healthcare workers, including staff working in hospitals, care homes, hospices and anyone else in need. This generous move will help ensure healthcare workers fighting on the frontline against Covid-19 have the essential supplies they need.

The appeal is launching soon – to find out how get involved, visit The Sikh Helpline on Facebook.