Bicycle gift for volunteers to deliver food parcels to needy

By Nicki Jakeman, Gazette Reporter
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THE SHORES Centre in Withernsea, which has been serving the coastal community for 15 years, has received a vital transport donation that will enable it to reach vulnerable people during the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Yorkshire Coast BID has shown its support of the registered charity by donating 10 bicycles and a trailer to ensure volunteers can get essential food and supplies to people in some of the community’s most deprived areas. Due to the ageing population, coastal area location and high levels of unemployment, the impact of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on those selfisolating in the town. The bikes serve an immediate purpose and will significantly help in the coming months as volunteers deliver food packages to the vulnerable. When normality resumes, the bikes will be used to benefit tourism initiatives and for vocational training such as teaching bike maintenance. Shores – which offers free training, family activities and conference facilities – has needed to adapt to high demand throughout the crisis, recently turning its on-site cafe into a food bank community kitchen. Jayne Nendick, chief executive officer at Shores said: “Our role in supporting the community
has never been more critical. As the area has limited transport options, we have been inundated with requests for food parcels which we are struggling to get out. “We have volunteers ready to deliver what is needed to the most vulnerable in the community and these bikes will allow them to do just that. This will provide short-term help and relief for the area, but importantly, the donated equipment will be repurposed for visitor bike hire for when normality resumes. “The response from the Yorkshire Coast BID team has been incredible, they have come to our aid in a time of need to support the community.” Kerry Carruthers, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Coast BID comments: “While we take a short break on directly promoting the coast, one of the BID’s key focusses is on supporting the local community. In this unprecedented time, the work The Shores Centre is doing to help the vulnerable is incredible – we want to do everything we can to ensure the team is able to help as many people as possible.” “Investment in facilities such as the bikes, offers a solution to an immediate local need and will also prove useful in boosting tourism when the time is right.”