Team work­ing ‘small mir­a­cles’

West Sussex County Times - - News - Sarah Page

Me­chan­ics in the Hor­sham area who are work­ing ‘small mir­a­cles’ to pro­vide bi­cy­cles for NHS key work­ers are be­ing com­mended for their ac­tions.

The ac­co­lade comes from Hor­sham Dis­tict Coun­cil which is sup­port­ing a scheme which re­cy­cles old bikes and gives them to key work­ers and com­mu­nity hub vol­un­teers.

The old sec­ond-hand bi­cy­cles have all been do­nated and are be­ing re­paired, spruced up and dis­trib­uted across the district to NHS key work­ers and vol­un­teers who are sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­ble local res­i­dents by of­fer­ing a be­friend­ing ser­vice, along with col­lect­ing shop­ping and pre­scrip­tions.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “A team of local me­chan­ics has been en­gaged to work small mir­a­cles in bring­ing the bikes back to life and road­wor­thy con­di­tion.”

Scheme or­gan­is­ers have so far re­ceived around 30 re­quests for bikes and 19 re­fur­bished mod­els have been de­liv­ered to their new own­ers and are al­ready be­ing put to good use.

Peo­ple in Billing­shurst, Barns Green, Broad­bridge Heath, Kil­nwood Vale, Ship­ley, South­wa­ter, West Chilt­ing­ton and Wood­man­cote, as well as Hor­sham, are all now ben­e­fit­ing from the scheme.

Hor­sham District Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for leisure Jonathan Chowen said:“I was re­ally de­lighted to hear about this scheme, it is such a re­ward­ing project for the coun­cil to be in­volved with.

“It builds upon so many of the val­ues we hold dear as a coun­cil; im­prov­ing sus­tain­abil­ity by re-us­ing and re­cy­cling valu­able equip­ment, whilst also giv­ing an im­por­tant help­ing hand to local key work­ers and vol­un­teers who are vis­it­ing those who are self-iso­lat­ing at this chal­leng­ing time.

“My thanks go out to all who are in­volved in this, the feed­back from the new bike own­ers has been very pos­i­tive.”

One of the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity hub vol­un­teers

Zsa Roggen­dorff from Ship­ley has been putting her new bike to good use.

She said: “I was so pleased with my re­con­di­tioned bike from the coun­cil.

“As a Ship­ley Com­mu­nity Hub vol­un­teer, it is in­cred­i­bly use­ful for check­ing in on peo­ple who have to stay at home dur­ing this time and de­liv­er­ing news­let­ters to neigh­bours. A huge treat to be given such a use­ful and lovely gift, and a great idea to use re­dun­dant bikes for vol­un­teer work.”

Ship­ley Com­mu­nity Hub vol­un­teer Zsa Roggen­dorff with her new bike

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