This Sunday, travel writer and presenter Nick Crane presents The Radio 4 Appeal for Sustrans.
The Radio 4 Appeal for Sustrans marks the 20th anniversary of The National Cycle Network and calls on listeners to help us to maintain routes and recruit more volunteers.
The Radio 4 Appeal is a weekly 3 minute programme that highlights the work of a charity and appeals for donations from Radio 4 listeners to support its activities.
Speaking about his reasons behind presenting the appeal for Sustrans, Nick said:
“For me the National Cycle Network is a paradise. It is where I go on weekends and on holidays with my family to get away from the hurly-burly of city life.
“I want to remind people that this fantastic resource takes a huge amount of money, time and people-power to look after.
“Sustrans urgently need donations to provide their volunteers with the training and equipment needed to maintain this national treasure.”
The National Cycle Network is used by 4.8 million people every year, and over the past 20 years it has saved the UK economy more than £7 billion by improving people’s health and reducing congestion, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Each year we spend £1 million on maintaining The Network, and rely upon the support of our many dedicated volunteers to oversee the 14,000 miles of cycling and walking routes.
Update: The Radio 4 Appeal was live from Sunday 6 September, and was aired at 07:55 AM and 21:25 PM on Sunday and again on Thursday 10 September at 15:25PM. The fundraising aspect of this appeal is now closed.