Huge donation helps Streetbikes

Huge donation helps Streetbikes

A CYCLING charity has received a major boost thanks to staff at a Dewsbury supermarket.

The Streetbikes group now has two specially-adapted wheelchair bikes and a new van after Asda workers applied for funding from the firm’s own charitable organisation.

Streetbikes work across the district using cycling to enhance the wellbeing, health and education of local people.

The project works with a wide range of people who cannot ride a bike, including those of limited mobility, as well as encouraging young people to enter cycling competitions.

The charity asks residents and other groups to donate unwanted bikes which are then recycled and repaired by qualified mechanics, so that they can be used in the community.

The Asda Foundation donated £12,000 to the project and Sharon Kingswood, community life champion at the Dewsbury store, said: “We’re thrilled to be granted the funding to help Streetbikes. It’s a fantastic organisation which makes cycling accessible to everyone, whilst encouraging people to keep fit and active.”

Streetbikes founder Gill Greaves said: “We’re really grateful to the Asda Foundation and the colleagues at Asda Dewsbury for their hard work and their kind donation, which will help to fund the ongoing development of our programme.

“The adapted wheelchair bikes will give people of limited mobility the chance to enjoy cycling, whilst the new van will help us to transport our equipment to areas of the community which need it the most.

“We believe that cycling can really help people in all our communities and with the Tour De France beginning in Yorkshire, Streetbikes is encouraging more people to get into the sport.”

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