Date posted 08 Nov 2023

Sunday 19th November saw six centres across Hackney take part in an All Day Cyclothon. The day involved staff members cycling on static bikes from open until close, to raise money for the Hackney Speaker’s charities. The Hackney Speaker is the council’s ceremonial role and part of their role is to choose charities to fundraise for. This year’s Speaker is Councillor Anya Sizer, ward member for Hoxton East and Shoreditch, and her chosen charities are:

  • St Joseph’s Hospice – providing palliative care across East London
  • Hoxton Hall – a community focused arts venue
  • Ministry of Stories – a creative writing charity aimed at building young people’s creativity and imagination

All centres did incredibly well and kept their bikes going across the day, with a total of over 1300km cycled throughout the day by staff and customers. A big well done goes to Clissold Leisure Centre in particular for cycling over 240km on their main bike throughout the day.

Councillor Sizer paid visits to both Britannia and Clissold on the day and contributed to the total distance as well as chatting with customers and staff about the charities. Hackney’s Community Sports Manager, Allie, also took the opportunity for a personal challenge throughout the day by cycling for an hour at all six centres as well as cycling between each centre, adding up to 7 hours of cycling and roughly 130km across the day.

Throughout the day customers were able to donate online or with cash and by the end of the day we had raised £870.89.

A massive thank you to all the staff in Hackney who got on the bike, especially all those who did so and carried on with a busy shift. A special thanks to Sera, Abdul and Zahir for their help in making the day a success.

If you would like to donate to the charities please visit the giving page:

To find out more about each of the charities please visit their websites:

St Joseph’s Hospice -

Hoxton Hall -

Ministry of Stories -