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January 29th, 2020.

A haul of abandoned bicycles on the Southern rail network has been donated to a charity that helps people build up their confidence and learn new skills through bicycle refurbishment.

Train operator Govia Thameslink Railway has donated more than 75 abandoned bikes to Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) to use as part of their Get Socially Active/Recycle community recycling project.

The Get Socially Active/Recycle team refurbishes the bikes with the support of volunteers and people wanting to gain work experience, who live in Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Seaford and surrounding villages.

The initiative helps those who are unemployed or not in work for a variety of reasons, such as carer responsibilities, managing a disability or long-term illness.

Whether registered unemployed or not, SCDA helps people make positive changes in their lives to achieve their goals and ambitions.

Donated bikes are stripped down, cleaned and refurbished before being sold. All the money made is reinvested back into the project.

Jude Day, SCDA Employability Programme Manager, explains: "This is a great opportunity for Get Socially Active participants to refurbish these unwanted and unloved bikes.

"We are very grateful to Govia Thameslink Railway for donating the bikes and we look forward to welcoming more volunteers into the Recycle bike workshop to join the team in giving these unwanted bikes a new lease of life.”

Southern Customer Services Director Chris Fowler added: “We’re delighted to support the communities we serve by making this donation. I’m really pleased that these otherwise unwanted bicycles will have such a positive impact on people’s lives, giving them confidence and new skills.”

For more information about SCDA’s bicycle refurbishment and the Get Socially Active/Recycle project CLICK HERE.

Pictured: Lee Johnson and James Fallick from Facilities GTR Southern, Southern and Gatwick Express Engagement Officer Rob Whitehead, Lee Wakefield, of the SCDA Employability Programme, and Paul Horta-Hopkins, of the SCDA Re:Cycle project.