SECONDHAND bicycles from Bewl Water have free-wheeled their way over to two schools catering for children with educational difficulties.
A total of 34 bicycles, formerly used as hire cycles at the beauty spot, were donated to Heath Farm School and Medway Green School, as part of the fleet renewal programme at Bewl Water, which runs leisure activities, including cycling, at the reservoir.
Andrew Daniells, Operations Director at Bewl (which is part of the Elite Leisure Collection group that owns One Media, the publisher of the Times) said: “In addition to the recent donation, at the end of the 2021 season cycles were donated to Re-Cycle, a charity who refurbish cycles and send them abroad to developing countries.”
Heath Farm School said: “The kind donation of some of your bikes will create an excellent opportunity for our students. The donated bikes will be used as part of the growing outdoor program, allowing real hands-on experience in bike maintenance.
“For many students, this will allow them greater independence as they progress in life, as well as acquiring skills that can be developed through a project around bike maintenance.
“Using tools is a perfect opportunity to work on fine and gross motor skills in a real hands-on application,” the school explained.
Both schools are part of Acorn Education and Care, a leading provider of specialist education and residential care for children and young people with complex needs.