Singing and cycling go together in Leicester

Emmanu-EL Apostolic Gospel Choir

Singing and cycling go together in Leicester

One group in Leicester found cycling provided a way out of poverty-related problems and helped them integrate more with their community.

The Emmanu-EL Apostolic Gospel Choir in Leicester is made up largely of recent African and Caribbean refugees.

“The choir specifically supports people trying to get out of poverty-related crime, and they approached me about their needs for getting about,” explains Elizabeth Barner, Cycling Development Officer in Leicester. “We’ve equipped them with bikes, child seats, and lights.”

The choir recently took cycling in a new direction. They spent a day raising funds for the Special Olympics, by cycling into the city centre - singing all the way!

Elizabeth Barner, Cycling Development Officer

The chior's leader, Pastor Samuel, plus another member, has undertaken cycle instructor training. Their ‘pay-back’ for being funded on the course is that they will teach cycling skills in the community where they live.

Elizabeth explains: “The Gospel choir recently took cycling in a new direction. They spent a day raising funds for the Special Olympics, by cycling into the city centre - singing all the way!"

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