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Charities

The Pickwick Bicycle Club has a fine tradition of support for deserving charities, the first printed reference of which is dated 1887 when the sum of £20.7s.6d was raised towards the provision of the “Cyclists Jubilee Lifeboat” for the National Lifeboat Institution. The tradition has been maintained each year through the collection of fines for “improper dress” at the two Connaught Rooms luncheons, boosted by donations from other members and guests. Collections have also been made during the Golf Day Lunch and the Hampton Court Ride luncheon.

January 2008 - presentaion

The photo above shows Pickwick Bicycle Club members presenting two tandems at the Revolution 19 meeting, 12 January 2008, at the Manchester Velodrome. Hugh Porter MBE (Jonas Mudge) left his commentary box to join the presentation.

A road tandem was presented to Rochdale Cycling Club for Handicapped Children.

A track tandem was presented for Cyclists with Disability and is used at the Newport Velodrome.

The project was funded by The Pickwick Bicycle Club, and the tandems were built by Condor Cycles.




The following are some of the charities that have benefited from the generosity of members and guests:

  • Battersea Cats & Dogs Home
  • Bidlake Trust
  • Bromley Sheppard's Colleges
  • Cancer Care UK
  • Charles Dickens Statue Fund
  • Children's Diabetic Charity
  • Chris Lucas Trust
  • Dave Rider Fund
  • Dickens Museum
  • Farnborough Primary School
  • Friends of Sherborne House
  • Harris HospisCare
  • Heart Throbs
  • Help for Heroes
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Trust
  • Longtail Fishing Boats (Thailand) – post tsunami
  • MacMillan Nurses
  • Mayor of Havant's Charity Appeal
  • Mencap
  • Movember - a charity for male cancer research. Several members of the club also grew moustaches during November for this cause
  • National Asthma Campaign
  • National Lifeboat Institution
  • Noami House Children's Hospice, Winchester
  • NSPCC
  • Pasque Hospice
  • ProjectMakeARealDifference
  • Save the Children Fund
  • Sight Concern
  • South Bucks Hospice
  • Sport Aid London 
  • St Dunstan’s
  • Stroke Association
  • Thames Hospice Care
  • Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust
  • The Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal
  • The Pilgrimage Trust
  • The Rainbow Centre, Fareham (Children with Cerebral Palsy)
  • The Rowans Hospice, Portsmouth
  • The Wildlife Aid Foundation
  • The Willow Foundation

At the Club's twenty-third Annual Dinner in 1892, £6 6s. 6d. was raised for the Children's Dinner Fund organised by "The Referee" journal. In following years,  £4 10s. 6d. was raised in 1893, £15 in 1895, 15 guineas in 1896, twenty guineas in 1897, £26 2s. 6d in 1899, and over £30 in 1901.

On October 14th, 1899 the club raised five guineas for the Princess of Wales' Fund for the wives and families of the soldiers engaged in the second Boer War that started 3 days prior.