B-Social goes B-Cycle for charity

Between the 1st and 8th of March five members of our b-social team cycled through the week in aid of Smart Works and International Women’s Day.

Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. Smart Works harness the power of clothes and confidence to allow a woman to be her best at a crucial moment in her life, giving her the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at the interview and transform her life.

The Team : Dani, Tom, Toby, Alice and Farah

“I’ve known about Smart Works for a while now and I absolutely love their work, so when I saw the cycle challenge I knew it would be a great thing for us to take on. It’s nothing compared to the challenges these women are overcoming with Smart Works. That’s pretty powerful motivation!” — Dani.

The goal was to try and complete 500 miles as a team whilst raising money for the charity. We’ll keep it real for you, we only reached 206 miles… This was with only two out of the five members present in the country with their bikes for the entire week and one member who didn’t even own one. Go team!

I’m proud to be part of a community that is actively working towards the bigger picture: To smash the patriarchy! We need to be on board with change, to level out gender dominance especially in the world of tech.

Feelings of insecurity when venturing into a workplace for either the first time or revisiting after time away, is a feeling I can certainly resinate with. Not only is it nerve-wracking to go through an interview process, but it can apply financial pressure to buy appropriate clothes and materials which not everyone has the funds for. I champion this charity for helping those in need of the little things that ultimately have an enormous effect on their self-esteem and confidence.

“I love cycling and so I jumped at the chance to combine that with some charity work. I’m glad it’s going to a great cause and was some quality team bonding too.” — Tom.

We raised £391 as a team and so far the overall money raised for the charity from all participants is £53k and counting. Donations close on 30th April 2019 so there’s plenty more time to donate!

Check out Smart Works and see what great work they are doing.

If you would like to help, please donate at our justgiving campaign here, all funds go to Smart Works:Spin for Smart Works 2019Spin for Smart Works is a week-long cycling challenge, ending on International Womens Day. Teams of five will join…www.justgiving.com

If you would like to join us, we’re hiring! Check out our careers page to see our current vacancies and get in touch.

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