This 8-10 July, we’re asking you to go the distance for survivors of modern slavery by taking part in our new fundraising challenge.
Cruise through the countryside, push yourself around the city or even cycle at home – the choice is yours. We have a list of suggested routes for cyclists of every age and ability, across the UK. Or get creative and make your own.
All you need to do is sign up through Eventbrite, receive your welcome pack and start fundraising before your cycle – it’s that simple. You can learn more through our FAQs below.
Right now, over 100,000 people in the UK are estimated to be in modern slavery.
By signing up for Cycle Against Slavery Day, you are helping us to raise vital funds to support these victims of exploitation – and end slavery for good.
Read more about how we support victims.
We’ll support you throughout your journey with fundraising tips and tricks, and there’s even a goodie bag for all sign-ups.
If you’d like to be kept up-to-date on Cycle Against Slavery Day, you can register for updates here.
Piloting this summer, Cycle Against Slavery Day is a new cycling challenge running between 8-10 July. For this event, we’re asking you to get on your bike and go the distance for every victim of slavery while raising awareness and vital funds for Unseen.
You can choose where, when and how far you cycle, and we have a list of suggested routes available if you need inspiration – look out for these in your welcome email.
Once you sign up, we’ll support you all the way from fundraising to the finish line with our expert Fundraising team.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur or experienced professional, this event is open to everyone.
We want to get as many people involved as possible and to do that we need to get the word out. So please encourage everyone – friends, family, colleagues and contacts – to take part.
This year we’re not hosting the event at a specific in-person location. Instead, no matter where you are, whether you’re after a countryside tour or a whizz through the city, fundraisers can choose between our list of suggested routes or get creative and make their own.
We’re asking fundraisers to set themselves a target of £100. You can complete your cycle any time over the July weekend, and you should aim to achieve all of your fundraising by the end of Sunday, 10 July – so don’t delay.
To help you reach your target, upon signing up, we’ll send you a list of fundraising tips and support you in setting up your own JustGiving page. You can also get in touch with our Fundraising team if you have any questions at [email protected]
By signing up and fundraising for Cycle Against Slavery Day, you’re helping us to continue providing our vital services for victims of modern slavery and exploitation.
Read more about our survivor support services.
Unseen is working towards a world without slavery. We provide safehouses and support in the community for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery. We also run the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline and work with individuals, communities, businesses, governments, other charities and statutory agencies to stamp out slavery for good.
Learn more about our mission and our work.
As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.
For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.
I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.
In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.
What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.
But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.
I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.
This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.
When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.