The Bike Network
1593. Adam Froggatt
Adam Froggatt, from Plymouth, founded ‘The Bike Network’ after recovering from Stage 3 Bowel Cancer, to help support the cancer community by offering free cycle equipment.
After completing chemotherapy treatment, Adam took up cycling ahead of a final operation to remove his tumour as a means of helping him lose weight, improve his health and ensure a successful recovery. From his newfound passion for cycling, Adam was inspired to set up the charity to give out bikes to other cancer patients, survivors, and their families, so they can realise the physical and mental health benefits of cycling.
This award coincides with World Cancer Day, the international day to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
In a personal letter to Adam, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I was inspired to hear of ‘The Bike Network’ and how you are helping people living with cancer improve their wellbeing through cycling.
“During this unprecedented pandemic many of us, myself included, have found a renewed love of exercise. I am delighted that the bikes you give to cancer patients will help both their physical and mental health.
“As we mark World Cancer Day, it is more important than ever to recognise the incredibly positive impact your work is having on so many families across the UK.”
“I am honoured to receive this award. I started the charity to help people affected by cancer improve their fitness and mental health. At no point did I think the charity would grow into what ‘The Bike Network’ has become today. I look forward to delivering even more bikes and supporting people on their cancer journey. I am completely lost for words, thank you Prime Minister.”
Pictured below: Adam sharing bikes with members of the network