A Bellway employee took part in a charity bike ride to raise money for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in India – with the housebuilder making a £1,000 donation to the cause.
Sanjiv Patel – the Financial Director of Bellway’s East Midlands division, which has its regional offices in Leicester – took part in the Cycle to Save Lives India Covid Appeal aimed at cycling the distance between London and Delhi in a static bike relay.
He was one of 787 participants from three BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir temples – in Leicester, Chigwell and London – who cycled more than 20,000km over 48 hours last month (May), nearly three times the 7,600km target they’d set themselves.
Sanjiv has raised £1,510 in sponsorship by taking part in the event, including the £1,000 from Bellway. The appeal has now raised more than £700,000.
Sanjiv said: “When I saw on the news the devastating situation in India, I knew that I had a duty to assist in the Covid relief that many charities were providing to the people there.
“I was born in India and I was not going to turn my back on those in need – I had to do something to help the situation.
“Therefore, when BAPS Charities launched the cycling challenge to help raise funds to provide India with ventilators and oxygen tanks, I realised this was the perfect opportunity to give back to the country that raised me and help those suffering unimaginable pain and loss in India."
The cycles were arranged outside the three temples and followed strict social distancing rules.
The money raised from the cycle event went towards providing much needed PPE equipment, oxygen and ventilators. Temples in India that would usually have been filled with worshippers have been filled with patients who couldn’t fit into hospital wards.
If you would like to donate towards the relief efforts in India, visit londonmandir.baps.org/support-us/ or justgiving.com/campaign/indiacovidcycleappeal.
Bellway East Midlands is building new homes across the East Midlands. To find out more, visit bellway.co.uk.
- Sanjiv Patel at the Cycle to Save Lives static bike ride event