Appeal for donations of mountain bikes & bike equipment for young people with ELC’s 15+ Aftercare Team

The three bikes Davie, Owen and the team have refurbished so far

East Lothian Council 15+ Aftercare Team is seeking donations of mountain bikes asap for young people aged 16-26 who are who use ELC’s aftercare service (having been in residential or foster care). This will help young people during the current COVID19 restrictions to exercise and where necessary travel for shopping without having to use public transport. We hope that this will also help promote better physical and mental wellbeing for many of the young people who are isolated in tenancies or emergency accommodation.

Donations of working bikes for young adults (heights 5 foot – 6 foot) gratefully received! Thanks for donations already received. We still need a further 11 bikes (10 male, 1 female).

If you have a bike to donate, here’s what to do

If you have a suitable bike or equipment to donate, please email a photo of it to Davie Rutherford, ELHSCP Community Payback Team Leader at drutherford@eastlothian.gov.uk or call or text him on  07776 170 478 

Davie or ELC colleague Anne Landsburgh from the 15+ Team will arrange to view the bike and organise collection or drop-off of the bikes, in line with the appropriate health and social distancing guidance.

The bikes will be checked over and any necessary repairs carried out by Community Payback Work Supervisor and qualified bike mechanic Owen McAlpine.

Paul Huish, Club & Community Sports Development Officer and team colleagues are also assisting with sourcing bike offers – it is great to have enthusiasm and offers of help from across the Council.

We need cycling equipment too

The young people also require donations of bike locks, working lights, helmets, and repair kits so if you have any to spare, please contact Davie at the email or number above.

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