Martin Zelley's fundraising bike clinic for the NHS takes to the road as lockdown eases
As jeweller Martin Zelley returns to work at his Bishop's Stortford shop, F J Zelley, his coronavirus fundraising efforts for the NHS are set to continue with a £20,000 target.
Martin started his lockdown bike repair charity mission with an empty shed and a £1,000 goal. He asked people either to donate unwanted bikes or have them fixed in exchange for a donation. The donated bikes were serviced and repaired and given away, in return for a suggested amount.
He has had to stop servicing, but will still accept donated bikes as he can repair them in his spare time. So far he has repaired and serviced more than 270.
"I've still got my toes in the water, but as I have to wind down the bike shed and head back to my 'normal' job, I still want to raise money for the NHS," said Martin. "So I've gathered some excellent local sponsors and we're going to be selling some rather lovely branded T-shirts, starting with a picnic this Friday."
Martin will be holding a Picnic in the Park event this Friday (July 24) on the Flitch Green playing fields, off Tanton Road, from 6pm. "The weather's looking fine, so I'd love for people to come along and support the cause," he said. "I'll be selling the T-shirts for £20 on the evening, with all money going to the appeal."
A mobile fish and chip van, run by Flitch & Chips, will be selling food, with £1 from each order going to the charity for people wearing a Martin's Bike Clinic T-shirt. Flitch & Chips says this donation offer will continue for a further three weeks.
Martin said: "Just bring a blanket, some drinks, buy a T-shirt, order some food or bring your own and enjoy a nice Friday evening meal, knowing that you're helping our NHS heroes."
For more information about Martin's Picnic in the Park event, go to Martin's Bike Clinic Facebook page.
If you are unable to make it, T-shirts will be available from Zelley's shop in Market Square or online https://www.garbmann.com/customer-store/martins-bike-clinic/clothing.
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