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London Courier Emergency Fund - update
1.05.08 by Buffalo Bill

This from the LCEF website:

The goal of the newly established London Courier Emergency Fund is to provide support and financial help to those bicycle couriers who have suffered an accident whilst 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 his happens to you we may be able to provide you with some help.

You can contact us (or initially ask someone to contact us on your behalf) using the website, or by calling either

Stephanie Bartczak on 07809 601808 or
Darren Coxson on 07747 828800

We will simply need to know;

-Your name & call sign
-Your address & phone number
-A contact number and the name of your contoller at your courier company
-Details of a fellow courier who can vouch for any details given
-Details of the incident keeping you off the road

A minimum payment of £150 will be available if it is likely that you will be kept off the road for two weeks due to your injury. Larger or further payments may be available in some cases but this will be wholly at the discretion of the LCEF committee and based on the merits and individual circumstances of each individual case.

The circumstances of each case will be dealt with in strict confidence but should you receive a payout from the LCEF we may ask to you for permission to publicise details in order to promote the further growth of the fund itself.

Where does funding for the LCEF come from?

From the courier community and beyond, but anyone can help with fundraising. In fact, this will be an important part in building on the longevity and success of the LCEF. We would love to hear from anyone with any ideas or initiatives that could help build on the fund, whether it be organising an event, making a personal donation, sponsorship ideas or anything else that you think could support us.

And we’re off to a flying start! Due to the success of recent events (including alleycats, personal donations, London’s Calling, Speed, Skill and Sausages) and the generosity of those involved in giving up their time and energy through promoting and organising we have a significant amount in the fund to launch with now.

So get your thinking caps on and please help us with your ongoing support by letting your colleagues know about the fund and in keeping an eye out for any upcoming LCEF related events.

Commitee Members
Stephanie Bartczak (Papillon)
Darren Coxson (Dazzler)
John O’Driscoll (Overdrive)
Little John
Pedro Mahlo

Special thanks must go to those people that attended the recent initial LCEF set-up meeting where we brainstormed how to take this popular and welcome idea forward. You know who you are!!

Peace Out

  1. 12 – 15+ pounds monthly donation, renewable every 12 months.

    — Robert Bookshelf    1 May 2008, 13:05    #
  2. Wonderful, thank-you. Can you e-mail us with your details through www.lcef.org.uk and we’ll try to get a direct debit set up as soon as. ;-)

    — Dazzler    1 May 2008, 22:30    #
  3. £1..


    — dazzler    2 May 2008, 17:05    #
  4. how about getting courier companies to allow messengers to automatically donate straight from their wages, something like a pound a month or 5% or something and the courier companies agree to match whatever is donated. The companies at the end of the day are who profit most from messengers risking their lives.

    — roxy    2 May 2008, 20:07    #
  5. Ah Roxy; most courier companies wouldn’t match it even if all you donated was a bottle of cold piss. I couldn’t get out managing director to pay for proper wound dressings in the first aid kit for when riders get road rash; a small sticking plaster is more than adequate.

    — will    2 May 2008, 22:06    #
  6. you can tell whos never worked as a messenger.

    — common sense    3 May 2008, 09:10    #
  7. just gonna cancel me BNP subscription for a more worthy cause. Can you take a paypal donation instead of DD?

    — Robert Bookshelf    5 May 2008, 12:45    #
  8. We will be setting up paypal on the LCEF site very soon as it goes so that will be an easy way to make a contribution if you wanted to, cheers Robert.

    @ Roxy – Great idea but I’d have to agree with Will – it might be a little bit like wishful thinking to hope that our ‘employers’ would get involved. I might be wrong.

    — Dazzler    5 May 2008, 16:38    #
  9. Roxy is right. Don’t rule it out without trying it.

    — Bill    5 May 2008, 19:20    #
  10. Our first priority has been and still is letting couriers know that the fund exists. There are many couriers who don’t read MT or go the pubs so reaching these people is still up there.

    The regular contribution idea has actually been thrown around a fair bit already and when you consider there may be 300 or so couriers on the road it sounds on the surface like the simplest solution to building up funds. The issue is not the principal, which is sound, but in how to administrate it. Something not to be taken on lightly.

    — Dazzler    6 May 2008, 07:49    #
  11. It’s simple.Ask people!!

    — overdrive    6 May 2008, 09:28    #
  12. who needs activism when you got pessimism, off to the pub for a pint instead?

    — [lack of] common sense    7 May 2008, 00:56    #
  13. how about going to all the bike shops and asking them to match funds.
    they could donate bikes, etc and you can raffle the product to make some cash.
    do a long, brutal ride and have riders get sponsorship for how many miles they do.
    talk to the businesses that you deliver to. Ask them to pay double the rates one day a month.
    plus, if you turned yourself into a proper not for profit then those businesses could write off what they donate and donating would be easy as it’d just be part of their bills.
    try to get the shiny new mayor to use part of the shiny new cycling budget to match donations.
    perhaps, you could also become a branch of the LCC and use their lawyering skills to actually fight the problem of reckless uncaring drivers in the first place.
    better yet get a friendly lawyer on your side. who agrees to represent those with a proper case. Ask for a membership fee from couriers. A percentage of this fee goes to the lawyer every month, a percentage sticks with you.
    good luck you guys, a proper, organized, working-cyclist group could help all of us.

    — roxy    7 May 2008, 04:30    #
  14. slowly slowly catchy monkey

    — Ronnie Darko    8 May 2008, 08:12    #
  15. What about a sponsered mastbationathon, tied in with an alley cat as well. The Sperm clinic on Harley Street will pay 17quid for every salty donation and the entry for the alleycat should see a nice fortune raised. Maybe some of the courier birds can participate in the spermage ejaculation retrieval and more monies could be raised by selling them as dodgy porno dvds.

    — Count Basie    8 May 2008, 12:25    #
  16. ill donate 10,000 pounds if someone brings me the head of cOunt basie. Just leave it at the metro riders room warricle will sign for it…

    — zack speedfast    8 May 2008, 12:46    #
  17. boom! kapow! £10,000! I’ll do it. Bill, who is…. ‘The Cunt’

    — ronnie darko    8 May 2008, 13:55    #
  18. I think it’s a brilliant idea. I’m training already.

    — Jos    8 May 2008, 14:58    #
  19. Need a hand?

    — overdrive    8 May 2008, 15:07    #
  20. “courier birds”; is it the 1970s already?

    — will    8 May 2008, 20:26    #
  21. carrier pigeons?

    — josh    8 May 2008, 21:57    #
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