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Free bike fixes raise £10k for charity

Jeremy Ford has repaired 200 bicycles during the lockdown, in return for a donation to Africa cause

26 June, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Jeremy Ford fixing a bike outside his home off Upper Street

A CHARITY trustee who has spent lockdown fixing bikes for free off Upper Street has raised thousands that will help support women and children to cycle in Africa.

Qhubeka charity trustee and director Jeremy Ford has been repairing bicycles outside his home in return for a donation to the charity.

He has now fixed his 200th bike, and is celebrating after raising £10,000.

“We have fixed every type of bike imaginable,” he said.

“The public’s response to the Free Bike Fix campaign in Islington and now wider afield in London has simply been incredible.

“To help get over 200 bikes back on the road and see such a huge number of donations is just fantastic.

“We will continue the campaign throughout lockdown as the volume of enquiries is high so we will not be stopping any time soon. London is truly becoming a cycling city.

“We have also joined forces with the fantastic Tour de Thanks initiative which is matching NHS key workers in need of bikes with those who have a bike to donate/loan nationwide.

“We have serviced several dozen of these bikes for free to keep north London’s NHS staff mobile and able to get to work safely.”


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