'The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.'

In our Ealing project we joined hands with the London Bike Hub, and at the end of our project with them, received the following e-mail . . . . .

Hi, Linda, and sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you - just after the bike classes ended, we had a project come in at short notice from TfL which took a bit longer to get done than expected. 

Many thanks for the kind words on the bike classes - much appreciated. I'll add it to the grant report, which I'm finishing off this week and next. I've got some testimonials to go in there too (thanks to everyone who took the time to put some words down).

It's great to see people enjoyed the classes, and felt they were able to pick up some useful skills while they were at our workshops - I was a bit worried they'd just get bored, as fixing bikes isn't always that exciting!

I'd like to say many thanks to you, Linda, and all the clients, for finding time in your very busy schedules to help get the project running, and keep it going so well. I realise it came out of the blue at short notice, so thanks for being so flexible in getting involved. Thanks as well for helping resolve any problems we had along the way.

I can't really add anything to what you've written, other than to say that it's been a pleasure working with you and BoB's clients. The clients all speak highly of what you and the team have achieved at BoB, helping them deal with their often chaotic lives as they work their way towards recovery from their substance-abuse issues. I know I've learned a great deal from working with you all - I had initially approached the project with a bit of trepidation, wondering how tricky it might be to run, and how useful it might be to the clients, but I've found it genuinely rewarding and inspirational, and would like to run more projects for people in the same situation.

On Tuesdays, 1-4pm, we've now got a regular volunteers' day at our Greenford workshop, with half the volunteers from BoB. If anyone else from BoB would like to come along and join in, they're more than welcome. I'm trying to see if we could also do that on an earn-a-bike basis for future BoB volunteers, so we could keep the scheme running permanently that way.

I've got a few more things I need to check with you before the grant report goes off, so I'll be in touch again soon, if that's alright.


Jon Marks

London Bike Hub