Happy new year to all the people who have supported us in the past year, whether you have bought our merchandise, made a donation, send supportive words or helped out in any way.

We have helped out 15 riders throughout the year, giving out several payouts to some of them, to help them through injuries sustained at work, while riding and making a living on the bike.

It’s been another busy year with several successful fundraising events, great collaborations with artists and some amazing riding trips with fellow messengers that took me to Central America and across Europe.

The international community has, again, been really supportive and we have been happy to help them back by participating in the Sister City Alleycat series to raise funds for the CMWC and sending out some of the profits to the sale of the LCEF Calendar 2015 to the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund, the Warsaw courier fund, the organisation of CMWC and ECMC.

If you haven’t got your copy of the new calendar, it’s not too late..we got a few left…

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The LCEF is now entering its 7th year of raising funds and helping out couriers in need although things will be slowing down a notch as i won’t have so much time in the near future to dedicate to the fund. There won’t be any of the usual big events like London’s Calling this year.

I will be keeping up with orders, admin and obviously claims from injured riders as long as possible and time allowing will try to organise smaller events/races. So i f anyone out there is interested in getting involved in any way or help out, even punctually, get in touch.

To round up this post, here’s the testimonial of Greg, a rider we helped out a few months ago. It feels good to be appreciated ūüôā¬† ¬† ¬†

“Being a bicycle courier is unlike any other job. You feel free when you’re pedalling around the city. You see different sights. You’re never tied to one place. It gives you a sense of tremendous excitement. I am a courier, and I love my job. I’ve worked as a courier since February 2013, having worked in service and administrative positions previously. And I can tell you, nothing compares.

Back in June of this year, I was injured while working. I came around a corner, trying to get to my pickup as quickly as I could, when I hit a pothole and went down. I crashed shoulder first into the pavement, with some pretty good speed. I had broken my collar bone and messed up my shoulder joint. Needless to say, I was devastated.

Some of the couriers mentioned I should speak with the people who run the London Courier Emergency Fund. I was a bit hesitant to do so, but quickly ran out of money and found my situation to be desperate. So, I got in touch with Stephanie from the LCEF and she made it incredibly easy for me to get some help. It was so great to know that, even though my work couldn’t help me, there was a amazing community that could. Stephanie even went the extra mile by granting me a loan to help while I get back on my pedals. The LCEF has been there for me¬†while others have fallen short.

I want to conclude by saying that the LCEF is truly a great organisation, with the best interest of couriers always in mind. I would also recommend to anyone in a less-than-pleasant situation to contact LCEF when in trouble. It’s also important that we show support and spread the word. Thank you, LCEF!

Greg Dearing –¬†Addison Lee Courier”

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Hey, ho everyone, long time,no write. That’s because we’ve been super busy with the LCEF World Courier Calendar 2015, snapping beautiful quadriceps and biceps of crispy messengers across the world. That’s right, this year’s edition covers 13 cities from different countries and continents. A great bunch of talented photographers, over 50 henchy models and our skilled graphic designer, Richie Andrew have collaborated to bring the 5th edition of the LCEF calendar. All proceeds from the sale will go to the LCEF, the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund, the Warsaw Courier Fund as well as towards the organisation of the Cycle Messenger World Champs in Melbourne and the European Cycle Messenger Champs in Milano.

Think about the best Xmas gift for your mums, paps, grand paps and grand mums and of course, for yourself!

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Calendars cost 10£££ and can be purchased online from the House of Pistard website: http://houseofpistard.bigcartel.com/product/lcef-2015-calendar.

They’re also available on the Bagaboo website:¬†http://www.bagaboo.hu/en/4368

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You’re also welcome to grab a copy at the annual LCEF Xmas party. It will be held on the 19th December in the funky Hackney Wicked venue known as the Old Baths, 80 Eastway, E9 from 8pm. London-based Bashy Beats crew will spin some tunes all night, so come down and enjoy a tipple with the mess fam and other LCEF enthusiasts.

While you’re there, you’ll have a chance to purchase one of our t-shirts from the brand new glam LCEF limited edition collection with ¬†sparkling gold, silver or black LCEF logo print on black tees. The rest of the LCEF merchandise will also be on sale, good ol’ LCEF caps, cycling jerseys, hoodies and socks to keep you warm this winter. Check our merchandise page…

If you’re not sure how to get to the Old Baths, gear up and race the Sister City Cat, follow the fastest beasts on wheels in town and get to the venue like a boss. The alleycat starts from Warner St, EC1 at around 7.30pm next Friday.

It’s a fundraiser for CMWC 2015 in Melbourne. Participating courier cities are paired up and race at the same time exchanging goodies from their local messenger companies as prizes. This year, we’ve been paired up with Sydney.

Entry to the race is £5 and donations are welcome.

http://sistercitycat.com/

Looking forward to seeing you at the Old Baths…

Emi Pruss