18 Dec The lcef
The LCEF was founded in 2008 by Steph Bartczak to provide support and financial help to couriers who suffer an injury whilst they’re at work.
“Most bicycle couriers are classified as self-employed sub-contractors for tax purposes and as such are not entitled to any kind of sick pay. So when a messenger is injured, they will not earn. Given the obvious perils of bicycle delivery, there is always a chance that couriers will be forced to take some time off the road due to injury suffered at work at some time during their courier life. If this happens to you we may be able to provide you with some help.”https://lcef.wordpress.com/about/
The LCEF has helped many of my friends over the years who have been seriously hurt. Not earning any money when you’re not working can be incredibly stressful, especially when trying to pay rent and survive in an expensive city like London. Working as a courier is a physically demanding job, requiring a lot of hours riding to make decent money. It’s a dangerous vocation to say the least! The LCEF is the binding glue that keeps us all together with their support.
LCEF has also supported many courier related events over the year that includes the biggest race in UK alleycats – London’s Calling. I have raced three of them over the years, and I would say they have been some of the most fast and hectic races that I have taken part in. This year saw couriers from all over the globe come to race London’s Calling Pre – ECMC alleycat, which was awesome. The party’s that accompany their events are legendary too. A party in Hackney Wick I particularly remember, as there was a karoake machine, but I was too shy to get up and sing.
The LCEF and courier community becomes your family. The people I have met and friends I have made through couriering will be for life, and it feels a special club to be part of. It is always great when you see other couriers from around the globe wearing the LCEF logo at events. It makes you realise how much of a fantastic job Steph has done over the years in growing the fund. One Life Werks has been lucky enough to have had support from the LCEF the past couple of seasons, their support has helped us get to the races. Hopefully our future successes as a team help to promote the LCEF to people who may have seen the logo but not understood what they were about.
*We are currently raffling off a Made By Kingdom race frames in aid of LCEF. There will also be a LCEF bundle as part of the prize, and other prizes that we will announce nearer the 27/12. Put your name in the hat and donate an amount of your choice to the LCEF and be in with a very good chance to win!