Guest Blog: David Janner-Klausner, Chair of The Bike Project.
Our web site has a quote from Helen Bamber OBE, who died last week aged 89:
“The Bike Project provides the first step into normal living for those who have faced persecution and atrocity”.
Helen was an early supporter of The Bike Project and more qualified than most to voice an opinion. She started working with Jewish refugees from the Nazi Holocaust in 1945 and never left this field of work, focusing on people displaced and dispersed under the worst of circumstances. In 1985 she founded The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture to provide a specialist service for people coming to UK who carried the impact of torture with them. The mainstream medical services did not have the expertise or time to provide the holistic care needed – listening, translating, being a consistent haven and a place where confidence in the goodwill of people can gradually be rebuilt.
If I wish anything for The Bike Project which I am so proud to chair it is that we always aspire to also be this kind of place – a place that kindles confidence in goodness. Our team, led by Jem, exudes humanity and humour along with their outstanding commitment and professionalism. Our remit may be highly focused but our ambitions are great. We salute Helen Bamber; as is custom to say in the Jewish tradition, May her memory be a blessing.
David Janner-Klausner, Chair of The Bike Project
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Written on: 01 Sep 2014 | Author: Anna Chapman