A successful community bicycle shop has extended its services in the centre of Littleport thanks to a further donation from Sanctuary Housing.
YPL (Young People Littleport) has opened a second Bicycle Sale, Spares and Repair Shop following the success of the charity’s first store which was launched in November 2014.
Sanctuary Housing’s funding has continued to help towards the cost of employing and training a local young person who is based in the new shop.
David Farquhar, aged 21, started his full time job with YPL earlier this year and has recently sold his 50thbicycle. David will work with local volunteers to provide a local repair service and refurbish bikes for the community to purchase or hire.
Graham Nolan, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “It’s a great community-led service that is also providing training and employment to local young residents.
“I am so pleased that YPL is continuing to be successful in the local community, providing cost effective solutions to residents who want to enjoy the fun and benefits of bicycles.”
David added: “I would like to thank YPL and everyone who has and will continue to support me during my training and learning. I feel great that I have been given this worthwhile opportunity to support YPL and the Littleport residents.
“I am already looking ahead and would like to set up a bicycle club here in Littleport in the future.”
New bikes, including mountain bikes, road bikes and children’s bikes, can be purchased in instalments from both shops and part exchange is also available. Anyone interested in having a cycle serviced or repaired or who wants to purchase or hire a bike, can visit the shops Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 4.30pm or contact Phil Malkin from YPL on 07947 823446.
This project is funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.