Andy sad­dles up to sup­port cycling cafe

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WHEN keen cy­clist Andy Web­ster saw bikes be­ing re­paired un­der a tar­pau­lin at Autism Ini­tia­tives’ café and bike work­shop MeCy­cle, in Ains­dale, he gal­vanised his work col­leagues to raise money for a gazebo.

Andy, a con­sul­tant at South­port’s MHA Moore and Smal­ley, en­cour­aged staff to raise money and they held dress down days, a name the bear com­pe­ti­tion, and cake sales.

Andy said, “I cy­cled coast to coast in the sum­mer and was al­ways in the bike café, get­ting to know the guys there.

“When I saw them re­pair­ing bikes un­der a tar­pau­lin I knew we could do bet­ter.

“MHA Moore and Smal­ley is very com­mu­nity-fo­cused and we al­ways want to do some­thing to help our lo­cal­ity, so this seemed an ideal project.

“We even held cake sales by buy­ing the cakes from Autism Ini­tia­tives’ other café, A Great Lit­tle Place, in South­port, and then sell­ing them at work.”

Thanks to their ef­forts they raised £320 to pur­chase the gazebo, pro­vided at cost by Sun Leisure.

Jon Gor­don, Autism Ini­tia­tives’ so­cial en­ter­prise man­ager, said, “This gazebo will be such a help to the cafe as we use it for events like se­cu­rity tag­ging, in con­junc­tion with the coun­cil, and bike main­te­nance train­ing.

“We’ll also use it when we go out with our mo­bile bike ser­vic­ing project.

“Thanks to all the staff at MHA Moore and Smal­ley South­port for their en­thu­si­asm in rais­ing so much money.

“The gazebo is go­ing to be a great as­set to our Ains­dale café.”

Danny Houghton, part­ner at MHA Moore and Smal­ley added, “MeCy­cle is a fan­tas­tic project and great busi­ness ini­tia­tive.

“We’re thrilled to be able to sup­port them in any way we can and firmly be­lieve in what they’re try­ing to achieve.”

Pic­tured from left: Andy Web­ster, Danny Houghton, Jon Gor­don, Michelle McCall (MeCy­cle café) and Stu­art An­trobus (MeCy­cle me­chanic)

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