PRODIGAL BIKES GETS A HELPING HAND FROM THE SCREWFIX FOUNDATION

Prodigal Bikes, a charity based in Crewkerne, is celebrating after being awarded £2600 worth of funding from The Screwfix Foundation, a charity which supports projects to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities for those in need.

Anthony Raybould, Founder of Prodigal Bikes comments: “We are very grateful to The Screwfix Foundation for donating these much-needed funds to support our charity. Prodigal Bikes has two goals: We refurbish unwanted mountain bikes that we send out to people living in remote areas of Africa to help them gain access to education, employment and healthcare. We refurbish the bikes with ex-offenders, long term unemployed people and excluded school children from the South Somerset area – teaching them basic engineering skills to inspire them towards working in engineering-related jobs. The funding has been used to repaint and fit out our new workshop. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the fundraising. We have further fund raising to do to ship our next batch of bikes to Kenya in June. To do this we are holding a sponsored cycle ride from the South Somerset village of Merriott down to Lands’ End in May, over 4 days. If anyone would like to ride, please visit our website at www.prodigalbikes.co.uk/events for more details.”

Danielle Sweet PR Manager at Screwfix Head Office based in Yeovil, comments: “We’re really pleased that one of our local charities has been awarded funding by The Screwfix Foundation. Staff from across the business have held a variety of fundraising events to raise vital funds for The Screwfix Foundation, so it’s fantastic to see the money we have raised being invested back into such a worthwhile community project.”

The Screwfix Foundation, which launched in April 2013 donates much needed funding to help a variety of local projects throughout the UK, from repairing buildings and improving community facilities, to improving the homes of people living with sickness or disability.

It also works closely with two national charity partners, Barnardo’s children’s charity and Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as supporting smaller, local registered charities like Prodigal Bikes.

Relevant projects from across Somerset are invited to apply online for a share of the funding at screwfixfoundation.com.