Cycle charity can now continue its key worker ‘bike library’

Tweedbank-based charity Just Cycle, which established a free “bike library” to enable key workers to get to work, has been given a timely boost.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 12:34 pm
Craig Dickson, NFU Mutual Borders; Grant Humble, Just Cycle; and Richard Forsyth, NFU Mutual Borders with the cheque.

Staff at the NFU Mutual Borders Agency in Newtown St Boswells and Duns nominated the charity to receive a donation of £3,164 from a national £1m fund launched by the insurer’s head office.  

The funding has allowed the charity to continue to provide vital support to frontline workers as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Deborah Crozier, Just Cycle’s project manager, said: “We were overjoyed to be nominated and extremely grateful to receive a very generous £3,164 share of the NFU Mutual national funding support.

“The timing really couldn’t have been any better – the bike library, which allowed key workers in the area to come along and loan a fully-serviced bicycle for as long as necessary – was an essential service for many.

“The library was incredibly popular which meant we quickly ran out of stock.

“However, the funds received from NFU Mutual allowed us to repair, restore and service many more bikes that are still out on long-term loan with key workers.

“The Just Cycle team are extremely grateful – not only for the money that we received, which was incredible – but equally for the support and recognition which means the world to us.”

Richard Forsyth, Senior Agent at NFU Mutual Borders, said: “Deborah and the rest of the Just Cycle team have been making a tremendous difference to our community in these challenging times.”