The scheme was started in January 2019 by Treetops volunteer “Pushbike Paul” Wilcox, 65yrs, from Breaston. Paul collects bike donations of all sizes and conditions from across the local Derbyshire area, repairs and up-cycles them to then sell on, with the proceeds going to the hospice.
Treetops Hospice Care supports adults with life-limiting conditions, and those who’ve been bereaved, living in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Such a worthwhile cause
Paul explained more:
“I started volunteering for Treetops a couple of years ago, mainly at outdoor events and leaflet dropping, while at the same time repairing bikes to raise funds for Draycott Church. Treetops helped create a “Bikes Wanted” leaflet and that’s when it really took off.
“This year, the scheme has raised over £10,000 for the hospice. It’s enjoyable work which keeps me occupied and I get to meet so many lovely people who are happy that either their old bike, or their donation, is going to such a worthwhile cause.
Any other volunteer help is welcome too
“It’s been far more successful than I ever anticipated so it’s been great to have extra help from a member of the Treetops Facilities Team, John Deaville. Any other volunteer help is welcome too and would help us to continue and expand the scheme even further.”