Hearts of Oak - The Oak Lodge School Foundation Trust

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Tortoises V Hares

May 18 2016

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Partners from the Finance and Corporate departments at Freshfields will be cycling from Oxford to Manchester on the 12th and 13th of June as part of a Tortoise v Hare style race for the benefit of Hearts of Oak and, specifically, a project called The Lodge Shop.


The challenge will see the cyclists ride 167 miles with approx 6000 feet of climbing. With many novices in Team Tortoise (the Finance group) and semi-professionals in Team Hare (the Corporate group) there will be a staggered handicap start with the Tortoises setting off a day earlier. Along with your donation you are asked to back either Team Tortoise or Team Hare and, technology permitting, we will provide live updates as the race progresses.


Hearts of Oak is a small charity which supports Oak Lodge, a special needs school, and Oak Bridge, a special needs further education college, both in North London. Together they educate nearly 180 pupils between 11 and 23 years old with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other profound special needs. More details about the charity can be found here http://www.hearts-of-oak.org/.


The Lodge Shop project is an attempt to provide some real life retail work experience for the older students. Sadly 85% of people with autism are unemployed. This includes higher functioning people who have achieved academically. However a National Autistic Society study has found that earlier work experience increases the chances of people with an ASD finding long term employment by 80%. With nearly one in a hundred people now diagnosed with a spectrum condition this is an enormous waste of human potential as well as a tragedy for the individuals concerned. This is a project which can and is changing the lives and prospects of hundreds of young disabled people.

Event Type

Active & Health – Cycling

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