Shop saddles up for cancer fight
ACHARITY shop which sells donated bikes has launched in Prestbury.
Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) revamps bikes to sell to the public from anything between £20 and £500.
It also sells cycling clothing and accessories both new, ex-stock and secondhand.
The charity uses the profits to donate new bikes, tandems and specially adapted trikes to children and young people who have been affected by cancer throughout the UK.
CFC is now based on Wilmslow Road, Prestbury, next to the Co-Op store.
It is open Wednesday to Sunday 9.30am to 5pm.
Manager Paul Rance, 43, said there had been a great local reaction.
He said: “Lots of local people have been people popping by out of a general curiosity because the site had been empty for so long. It has been great for us to be able to talk about the charity and what it does.
“Prestbury is the perfect place for the charity to launch its latest bike shop as it is a popular route for cyclists from around the region.
“At the moment we have about 40 bikes, and room for very little more.
“If you are interested in donating a bike then I would ask that it is in working order and only in need of a bit of TLC and a clean. We cannot fully refurbish or recycle bikes here because of the lack of manpower and storage.”
Paul, who is a keen cyclist, is now calling for volunteers.
He said: “Naturally we are looking for people who have an interest in and knowledge of cycling but it isn’t essential. All help is welcome.”
The charity launched in 2005 and aims to support not just children but their families.
Paul said: “Cycling has great rehabilitative quality and can improve the quality of life not just for the child with cancer but their families.
“The effects of the disease and associated treatment regimes in children are numerous; amputations, balance issues, physical weakness, coordination difficulties and lack of self esteem are just a few of the most common side effects seen in many patients.
“Cancer also causes massive disruption in families, therefore we also give bikes to their siblings, and in many cases their parents, in order that they can take part in an activity as a family once again after what can be years of hospitalisation and upheaval.”
Richard Salisbury (left) and Paul Rance outside the Cyclists Fighting Cancer charity shop in Prestbury