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Published: 26th Jun, 2020
Shropshire RCC’s project to help people travel to work has been awarded over £19,000 in grant support from an emergency appeal supporting charities through the Covid-19 crisis.
Wheels2Work received £19,178 from the Community Foundation for Staffordshire, which is distributing funding from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal.
The service lends 50cc scooters, 110cc scooters and electric bikes to people who are struggling to travel to their place of work because of a lack of public transport.
It has continued to support key workers with their transport loans throughout the coronavirus crisis, despite the loss of income as a result of furloughed clients returning their vehicles.
Julia Baron, CEO of Shropshire RCC, said: “Losing the contributions from people not currently in work had a major impact on the cost of running Wheels2Work.
“However, if we had stopped the project it would have affected key workers who needed their bikes. They would have been unable to travel to their jobs, especially at a time when public transport was limited or completely unavailable."
The emergency funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal will be used to help with project’s running costs and also fund the purchase of additional electric bikes.
Julia added: “We are delighted to have received support from the Community Foundation of Staffordshire. Keeping Wheels2Work running means that the people we are helping will be able to stay in work, continue earning and supporting their families, as well as the wider community.”