Charity benefits from school’s abandoned bikes
Bottisham Community Primary School donates 20 abandoned bikes to be upcycled and resold by a local charity
The bicycles were delivered to Camtrust, based in Impington, after the owners did not return to collect them from the school. The charity runs a bike refurbishment project with proceeds going directly to the charity to fund training to adults with disabilities.
Rachael Johnston, Director of Primary Education at Anglian Learning, said “As a Trust, we strive to be sustainable and serve the community as best as we can. We are overjoyed that what may have been a waste to one person, has provided another with the opportunity to learn valuable skills and that the bicycle, or some part of it, hasn’t had to go to waste.
“This donation would not have been possible without the assistance of Bottisham Community Primary School’s Site Manager, Shaun Donaghy and Anglian Learning operations team who helped made the donation possible.”
Lilly Mungoven, Manager of Camtrust, said “We are honestly so thankful for each and every bicycle that’s donated to our refurbishment project. Whether it is a delivery of many, or one that has been left outside with a note put through our door, each donation is assessed to ensure it can help in some way.”
Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning, said “This is a brilliant example of how the Trust aspires those within the community to support each other. I encourage all schools to consider how they can contribute with donations and, in turn, provide learning opportunities that reach further than the classroom.”
Camtrust offer independent living training for adults with disabilities. Their programmes include social, core and workplace skills. As part of their bike refurbishment course, donated bicycles will be assessed and either fully refurbished or parts stripped for future donations. Refurbished bicycles are then sold at their shop in Impington, with all proceeds going directly to the charity to help fund future training.