Sometimes the simplest ideas offer the best mileage and this is true of the Award winning Green Bike Project. The project has just won the ITV Peoples Millions Fund for 2008, picking up a cheque for £50,000 to bring the scheme into action. Based in Ipswich it is the concept of the Orwell Mencap Genesis; the charity can now set up the project that will remove bicycles from landfill, teach disabled people to refurbish them, and then use them in a variety of innovative ways. One possibility is that they will be prescribed by GPs for conditions such as high blood pressure and obesity, and putting hire points in the Ipswich Parks.
Damien Ribbans, project leader for The Green Bike Project said: “This project is so exciting and stands out from the crowd due to its innovative and fun nature. It has the potential to benefit each and every one of us in very different ways.”
It was television viewers from the East Anglia region that voted this particular scheme to success. The Green Bike Project was in competition with other’s from the area each of which screened their ideas on the local ITV news programme. Last November it received then most phone votes from the public and scooped the award supported by ‘The Big Lottery Fund’.
“This is great news for the people of Ipswich.” Said Jonathan Clark Head of the East of England Big Lottery Fund “It just goes to show what community projects can achieve when they have the support of local people.”
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