Thoughtful donation from local cycling group

Local cycling group, Dorset Rough Riders, donate locks to bike theft victims.

‘Saddened’ cycle club donates secure bike locks to hospital

Dorset Rough Rides donate bike locks to hospital staff.

Dorset Rough Riders, a Bournemouth and Poole based off-road cycle club, has donated 10 bike locks to Poole Hospital following an annual fundraising drive by club members.

The cycling group decided to donate to the hospital after a recent spate of bike thefts left some staff unable to get to work.

At a cost of £50 each, the locks have a silver and gold ‘sold level’, part of a three tier security grading system. They offer increased security with hardened steel links to help prevent pick, drilling and leverage attacks.

Gold sold level locks offer the highest security rating for cycle locks and are bike insurer friendly. 

“We feel that if you are going to spend money on a bike to commute to work then a lock with good security is vital,” said Terri Winstanley, member of Dorset Rough Riders.

In addition to the locks, Dorset Rough Rider company-branded neck buffs and additional promotional materials have also been donated.

Terri added: “As a group of avid bike riders, we were incredibly saddened to hear of bike thefts from both Poole Hospital and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, which our members have had cause to use over the years.

“We felt moved to support staff who had their bikes stolen at such a critical time when commuting by bike has become so important.”

Marie Cleary, staff experience lead at Poole Hospital, said: “We are keen to support our members of staff to lead healthy lives and cycling to work supports this as well as helping our environment. We really appreciate this generous support from Dorset Rough Riders to keep bikes safe for our staff returning home.”

Poole Hospital