Fire hit youth club gets anonymous gift of bikes
Monday 14th April 2014 @ 17:30 by Max Wieland
Community
WHEELY GREAT: Cllr Peter Robinson with the three donated cycles.

WHEELY GREAT: Cllr Peter Robinson with the three donated cycles.

An anonymous donation of three bikes has kick-started a youth club’s fundraising bid after an arson attack left them facing an estimated £40k bill.

It comes after a councillor appealed to the public for
donations following the deliberate attack that caused the devastating damage to the specially adapted bikes used by disabled children of the club.

The attack by the arsonists on a trailer at Hyde’s Bennett Street Youth Club subsequently caused outrage amongst the local community when Cllr Peter Robinson, the clubs Chair, asked readers of the Reporter for donations.

“Thankfully a very kind person has come forward with these three bikes,” he said.

“Unfortunately, they want to remain anonymous which is a shame because I really wanted to thank them publicly; it’s the least they deserve.”

As previously reported, the fundraising is needed to bring the club – which caters for younger people with a range of disabilities – back to the level it was previously at.

However, the community has been rallying round to help.

In addition to the bike donation a fourth was donated on last Tuesday while £200 was donated from the Masonic Lodge in Ashton, £500 from a local housing group and a local engineering firm is understood to be donating a new 20ft replacement container valued at £1,200.

Hyde Rotary Club say they too will be making a £500 at their next meeting.

“It was given unanimous approval by all of our members,” said David Bentley, Past-President and Treasurer of the Rotary Club.

“I think if everyone pulls together then it will give the cycling experience every chance of giving these young people the fantastic facility that they previously had.”

The fire, which happened last month on March 16, resulted in the arrest of two boys aged 12 and 13 on suspicion of arson as part of a Police investigation.

• If you would like to make any donations you can send any funds into our offices on Acres Lane or to the Accessible Cycling Experience Cabinet Office on Bennett Street.

– You can read the full story in the current edition of the Tameside Reporter (April 10).

DAMAGED: Some of the badly burnt bikes rescued from the blaze.

DAMAGED: Some of the badly burnt bikes rescued from the blaze.