Charity on track for recycling

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Charity bosses have been blown away by the response following an appeal for support.

WATBike runs a series of workshops offering people the chance to learn how to maintain and fix their bikes.

And last month, they made an appeal for help to train the next batch of mechanics, asking people to donate unwanted bikes which could be repaired and recycled.

Following the appeal in the News Post Leader, they had more than 80 bikes donated.

Colin Hall, at WATBike, said: “Since the article in the paper, we have collected 80 bikes for recycling.

“The response from the public has been fantastic.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone and to the News Post Leader for their support.

“The workshop is now ready and we have six volunteer technicians ready to start stripping, repairing and rebuilding bikes.

“This really is recycling.”

Colin added: “We will be able to travel to schools and workplaces to offer training and help to keep cyclists safe and mobile.”

The charity is converting an office into a workshop to carry out repairs.

Bike maintenance training will follow soon.

Anyone interested in attending one of the future sessions should contact Colin on (01670) 522999 or email colin@watbus.org.uk