Fun day helps roll out a bike shop
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A FUND raising day could pave the way to jobs in a second hand bike shop for two Littleport teenagers.
.A family fun day at the Anglia Co-operative foodstore in the Wisbech Road store Sunday raised £825 for Young People Littleport and the money will be used to kick-start a project aimed at creating jobs for village youngsters.
YPL founder and manager Phil Malkin explained: “I’ve had the idea for about 12 months and this money will really, really help to get it started.
“Littleport doesn’t have a cycle shop and we could relocate our charity shop in Main Street to our base in Granby Street and use the Main Street premises as a cycle shop.
“We get stolen and recovered cycles from the police and if we can source new cycles and repair equipment we could launch a shop and train two young people from Littleport to run it and repair cycles.
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“YPL would prop it up until it was able to stand on its own two feet and we’d also get the two young people on to a business studies course at college.
“I’m appealing to anyone who could help guide us and train the two young people – and any young people out there who think they could rise to this challenge.
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“Call me on 07947 823446 or come and talk to us at the YPL centre in Granby Street, Littleport. I would like to think this is something we could get up-and-running this year.”
It’s a whole new venture for YPL, which has become an established and popular centre for all sorts of activities for all ages in Littleport and Mr Malkin added: “If we can get this off the ground we could then look at opening up to half-a-dozen starter units for businesses in the future.”
Sunday’s four-hour fun day featured rides, stalls, games – and even a drenching for store manager Chris Wright in the stocks.