Two members of staff from The Young Lewisham Project together with six other people will form part of a team of eight who will be competing in 24 Heures Velo (website, a 24 hour cycle race taking place at the legendary Le Mans race circuit in France over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The team decided to take up this challenge so they could help raise much needed funds for The Young Lewisham Project, a registered charity (number: 1118469) based in Forest Hill. Established in 1974, it offers a wide range of supportive, alternative vocational programmes to young people who are not succeeding in mainstream education for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, back in 2015 The Young Lewisham Project which was mostly supported by the local authority had all of it’s funding withdrawn and is now working hard to replace it.

Please consider supporting this fundraising initiative which will help ensure the charity can continue to offer young people vocational activities on a weekly basis enabling them to learn new practical skills and lead onto them obtaining valuable professional accreditations. Currently programmes available to young people attending The Young Lewisham Project include: motorcycle and bicycle maintenance, carpentry, furniture restoration, art, fashion, gardening and allotment work. Residential trips and off site activities also take place throughout the year.

Over the course of the last year The Young Lewisham Project has worked with 150 young people and has supported them to become active citizens, take self-responsibility, learn about the local community, how to improve their own surroundings and link with other provision within The London Borough Of Lewisham.

If you would like to learn more about The Young Lewisham Project or support the team of eight valiant cyclists in their fundraising efforts, please visit: