Whitchurch's Ed takes advantage of ride to work scheme to help commuting


Barrie White

A WHITCHURCH man is being used as an example of commuting to work with a scooter or motorcycle as part of Ride to Work Week.

Shropshire Wheels2Work is offering the scheme, run by the Shropshire Rural Communities charity, which makes a transport loan to people without access to transport to get them to work or training.

Edward Thornton, 32, was left in limbo when he was unable to get to work after a co-worker he travelled with resigned. 

But has now had a 125cc motorbike through Shropshire Wheels2Work for nearly three months, enabling him to maintain his job.

He said: “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.

“I have 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.”

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.

The Shropshire Wheels2Work scheme, through Shropshire Rural Communities charity, stands to benefit from between £4,000 and £25,000, thanks to a grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards, which is subject to a public vote between now and July 31.

To support this vital community scheme, which in Shropshire receives no statutory funding and is entirely dependent on public donations and the use of the charity’s own reserves, please vote for Shropshire Rural Communities Charity by visiting mcf.org.uk/region/Shropshire and clicking to register your vote.

People who are interested in finding out more should call Lindsey Stirton, the project officer from Shropshire Wheels2Work, on 01743 237883.

See full story in the Whitchurch Herald

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