The team at RideWise have been left devasted after finding out that the charity's volunteer-run Bike Workshop has been hit by vandalism and theft.
The charity's Bike Workshop has had a range of items stolen including bikes, tools, fridges, hydraulic pumps and a variety of workshop materials, even the workshop’s resident dog has had his bed and bowls taken.
RideWise is a Nottingham based charity that supports people who are living in transport poverty. They change lives, through hands on cycling and walking activities. The charity also campaigns to keep our air clean and reduce traffic congestion. During the Covid-19 pandemic, RideWise volunteers refurbished and donated over 700 bikes to keyworkers to keep them moving whilst public transport had stopped or was reduced.
RideWise Chief Executive Helen Hemstock said, "This is a sad day for the whole team, and our volunteers. We have a lot of things to sort, replace and repair. We are determined to build back, bigger and better, and restart our community work.
‘We are appealing to bike shops and retailers – our community level bike repairs are at the heart of all that we do, and we need help with replacing the basic stocks that would mean we can get repairing again. Public donations of bikes are also welcomed."
If you would like to make a direct donation to the charity, please visit this web page.
Or text WORKSHOP to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5, plus one standard rate message.
You can contact RideWise directly to offer your support, by calling 0115 955 2288.