OLYMPIC cycling hopeful Pete Mitchell paid a visit to a charity’s new bike recycling shop.
The Worthing Herald columnist visited the Worthing Churches Homeless Projects’ new charity enterprise in Strand Parade earlier this month, to provide some encouragement to those working there.
Pete also presented the charity with a shirt signed by the British Track Cycling Team, including Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. The shirt is currently being framed and will take pride of place in the shop.
Sue Stevens, PR and fund-raising manager, said: “Pete was very impressed by the work being done which will provide reasonably priced bikes to members of the public, encouraging more people to cycle.
“He spent time chatting to the staff and clients telling them about his strict training regime as he prepares for the Olympics in 2012.
“Pete started cycling from a young age at the cycle track in Preston Park and appreciates the work the charity are trying to do to make cycling affordable to as many people as possible.”
The idea of the shop is that it receives donations of unwanted bikes, which are then serviced and prepared for sale.
The shop provides training for clients of the charity in bicycle maintenance and repair as well as retail experience and customer service.
The money raised goes toward ensuring the continuation of the services the charity provides in helping homeless and insecurely housed individuals in Worthing, helping an average of 500 people every year.