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Children's centre staff re-cycle to appointments
5 April 2012
Staff from one of Newcastle's children's centres are preparing
to pedal their way around appointments from the end of the month
after taking delivery of two special new bicycles.
Action for Children, the charity who run Cowgate and Blakelaw
children's centre on behalf of Newcastle City
Council, utilised the expertise of another local charity, Key
Enterprises, to obtain two refurbished bikes for their family
The bikes will be used as transport for appointments in the
Cowgate area and as well as cutting down on fuel costs, will help
members of the team to get a healthy amount of exercise each
Caroline Herbert, from the children's centre, said: "I had the
idea after we were all talking about how to get fit for the summer.
There are lots of short journeys around here and using the car
seems really wasteful. One of the team knew about the bike
recycling scheme run by Key Enterprises and so we got in touch.
Things just snowballed from there."
Steve Cowgill, from Key Enterprises, said: "This is the first
time we've provided bicycles to another charity and it is great to
have been involved with such a good idea. Using bikes to do shorter
journeys is very practical and will hopefully help to promote
cycling to a wider audience as well."
The bikes, which have been recovered by Northumbria Police and
donated if not reclaimed, have been stripped down, repaired and
checked over by the fully qualified technicians at Key Enterprises,
who work with adults who suffer from mental health problems and/or
learning difficulties. Key Enterprises can be contacted on 0191
2701138 and more information found on their website www.key-enterprises.com