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Zelley's owner swaps watches for wheels and starts free bike repairs to help people exercise during the virus lockdown



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Time is usually Martin Zelley's stock-in-trade as the fourth-generation owner of the Bishop's Stortford jeweller's that has borne his family name since it was established in 1910.

But with the closure of non-essential retailers across the country – including F J Zelley in Market Square – time is the one thing he has on his hands.

Martin wanted to do something to give back to his community, so he turned his passion for the mechanical into a free bicycle and garden toy repair shop run out of his shed.

Martin Zelly free bike repair and swap shop (33416225)
Martin Zelly free bike repair and swap shop (33416225)

"I thought I'd use this time of isolation to give back in some way, to my friends and family, to the wider community, to the NHS heroes," he said.

"No adult or child should not be able to ride their bike because it’s broken or they can’t afford a new one, so I started my own bike clinic."

As well as offering free repairs, Martin is asking for bicycles to be donated so that there is a collection of refurbished ones that can then be collected by people who want one.

Martin Zelly free bike repair and swap shop (33416229)
Martin Zelly free bike repair and swap shop (33416229)

He said: "Whether it's just a repair, a donation or a collection, all bikes are being fully steam cleaned and are available for contactless collection from my driveway."

Martin, who lives in Little Dunmow with wife Iida and young children Freddie and Millie, added: "I absolutely don't want to encourage people to make non-essential journeys, but if you're local and out for your daily exercise, please feel free to give me a call in advance as I'd love to help."

A JustGiving page has been set up for people that want to make a donation. Money will be going to the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund and the page has already received more than £900 in donations. Go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/martins-bike-clinic for details on how to get in touch with him.

Martin Zelly free bike repair and swap shop (33416218)
Martin Zelly free bike repair and swap shop (33416218)


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