Shop sad­dles up for can­cer fight

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - STUART GREER

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

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