February 2011
The workings of Providence

When Enfys, who works for the National Patient Safety Agency, visited UCL Hospital’s open day, she never imagined she would end up winning a brand new bicycle for her husband. In fact, were it not for the encouragement of her boss, she wouldn’t even have had a go at the quiz.

“She kept telling me that I had to be in it to win it” says Enfys, “and I buckled under the pressure and had a go, even though I don’t usually win anything.”

Both Enfys and her husband are keen cyclists, who enjoy getting away to Wales and cycling on the coastal path there. Although she herself doesn’t cycle to work – she was at the time on a 6-month secondment from her NHS Trust in Wales – her other half, Noel, does ride to his work as a lecturer at King’s College, and he was gutted to find, just a few weeks before Christmas, that his bike had been stolen.

So when Enfys got the email telling her she had won, she was stunned. It wasn’t just the winning – the timing could not have been better. “I couldn’t stop grinning” she said. The new bike, which was kindly donated by Cycle Solutions Limited, meant that Noel could get mobile again – which he was keen to do, despite the cold and wet weather.

Although this story has a happy ending, it highlights the problem of the shortage of secure cycle parking. UCLH NHS Trust has signed up to the Employer’s Cycle to Work Guarantee Scheme, launched last October at the Euston Road site, under which employers undertake to provide proper facilities – secure storage, lockers, changing rooms and showers, for example – to encourage staff to cycle.