Pedal power from MP as charity shop opens

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ONE of Worthing’s MPs got on his bike for the opening of a new charity shop which will help homeless people gain work experience and qualifications.

Sir Peter Bottomley officially opened Worthing Churches Homeless Projects’ bike recycling and charity shop in Strand Parade.

The Worthing West MP, who is a patron of the charity, cycled to the shop and donated the bike he arrived on.

Carol Lucey, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are always looking for new ways in which we can support people out of homelessness and are very excited to be able to offer our clients the opportunity to acquire qualifications in bike maintenance and provide work experience. Many people who have experienced homelessness find it difficult to secure employment and also lack self-confidence – this scheme aims to further assist people back into work. We are also pleased to be able to offer the community affordable bikes and repairs and a place where people can donate unwanted bikes and items to the shop.”

All proceeds raised through the shop will be put back into the charity, which supports vulnerable adults in their recovery from homelessness.

The bike recycling shop will sell affordable bikes and help clients of the charity to gain work experience, training and a qualifications in bike maintenance.

Worthing Community Partnership has donated £900 from the Worthing Community Chest, which was spent on a professional tool kit for repairing and servicing the donated bikes.

The shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.