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The impact on the life of one of the service users of our Shropshire Wheels2Work scheme was abundantly clear when we met with him for a catch-up last week.
Edward Thornton, age 32 from Whitchurch, has had a 125cc motorbike bike through Shropshire Wheels2Work for nearly 3 months, enabling him to maintain his job as an order picker at Culina - a 15-mile commute from his home.
Edward started working for Culina in January this year on a temporary contract, and due to poor rural transport links, he lift-shared in a co-worker's car. When that co-worker resigned, it left Edward unable to get to work. With the risk of losing his job, he contacted Wheels2Work who got him through his provisional test and on the road within a month. One month later, knowing that Edward now had his own means of reliable transport, Culina offered him a permanent contract.
Edward, who is now saving to pay to take his full bike test and then ultimately to buy his own motorbike, loves his motorbike commute and is passionate about the impact that the Wheels2Work scheme has had on his life. "I love my bike, its affordability and the flexibility it gives me on my commute. If it wasn't for Wheels2Work, I wouldn't be in the position I am in now: having job security and a reliable income to provide for my family thanks to the permanent contract that came following my loan of the motorbike through the scheme. "
People who are interested in finding out more about the scheme should call Lindsey Stirton - project officer from Shropshire Wheels2Work - on 01743 237883.