Wells Quaker group to collect donated bicycles during Refugee Week

Wells Quaker Meeting House. Photo: Google Maps

Wells Quaker Meeting House. Photo: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

A religious group in a north Norfolk town is encouraging their local community to donate bicycles to refugees.

The Wells Quaker Meeting in Wells-next-the-Sea will be supporting the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week in the UK by holding a collection point for people to drop off any unwanted bikes and spare parts.

The group are holding the event in support of the Welcome Wheels project, which is an initiative providing refugees and asylum seekers with bikes.

The collection point will be open from 10am - 1pm every day from Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 23, at the Wells Quaker Meeting House on Church Street.

Mary Cundy, a Wells Quakers member who is helping to organise the project, said: 'Welcome Wheels is part of the Sanctuary Everywhere movement that the Quakers in Britain have as a project at the moment.

'Its about addressing issues around racism, its about lobbying your MP or MEP on issues that are affecting people who are new to the country, and making them always feel welcome.

'We became aware of this scheme in Norwich which seeks to refurbish bicycles and that seemed like a positive thing to get involved with. and a bit different from the usual letter writing and fundraising.

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'We are starting the project for Refugee Week on June 18. Its between 10am and 1pm, and we will be there ready to receive donations.'

She added: 'We want to be part of a welcoming community.

'Refugee Week is something to hang that message on.

'Its a celebration of what refugees and asylum seekers have managed to achieve.

'This was a project we felt we could get involved with even though we don't have a big refugee community here.'

Anyone with a bicycle they wish to donate for an adult or child should bring it to the collection point at Wells Quaker Meeting House. The project is also looking for donations of other equipment, including lights, wheels, frames, panniers, bells and pumps.

Refreshments, including hot and cold drinks and cake, will be sold at the collection point, with all proceeds going towards the refurbishment of the bicycles.

Welcome Wheels is a joint initiative of organisations Bicycle Links CIC, New Routes, Norwich International Youth Project, English+ and City of Sanctuary.