Get on your bike for The Speaker’s charities – Hackney Empire and St Joseph’s Hospice!

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The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Michael Desmond, is inviting keen cyclists to tackle the famous London to Brighton route in a cycle ride to support The Speaker's charities of the year: Hackney Empire and St Joseph’s Hospice.

The 60-mile sponsored cycle will take place on Sunday 15 August, and participants can set off at any time during the day. It is hoped that the event will raise more than £10,000 for the two Hackney-based charities. 

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville will be taking part alongside colleagues from the Council, Hackney Empire and St Joseph’s Hospice, and it is hoped that individuals, families, friends and businesses from across the borough will also be inspired to take part in this special fundraising event.


Both of these amazing charities have been affected by the events of the last year and rely on the support of individuals and organisations to support the vital work they do here in Hackney. This is a great opportunity, not only to take on a fun fitness challenge as we emerge from restrictions, but also to support two charities who are right at the heart of our communities.
The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Michael Desmond

St Joseph’s Hospice provides free compassionate and specialist palliative care for local residents. The hospice’s staff have been on the forefront of the pandemic, working to administer treatments to people with coronavirus whilst also protecting and supporting end-of-life patients. 

The Hackney Empire is one of the borough’s most iconic and best-loved creative institutions. The 120-year-old theatre has been a cultural home for residents of all walks of life and abilities, and supported disadvantaged young people into the arts through its Creative Futures programme, which supports more than 4,000 young people every year. However,the Hackney Empire has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus regulations,.

For more information and to sign up please contact: speaker@hackney.gov.uk before the deadline of 9 July.