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Newbury shop donates new bikes to Chieveley-based autism charity, Prior’s Court





A cycle shop has taken its fundraising efforts up a gear.

A youngster’s efforts to support autism charity, Prior’s Court, has been backed by a Newbury-based business.

Banjo Cycles presented the charity with £1,500 worth of bicycles and helmets for use by its young people.

Matt Phelps, left, Will Lewis and Emma Spurr
Matt Phelps, left, Will Lewis and Emma Spurr

The sum was raised by Ethan Tury, who ran a 5k challenge event with his family and friends when he was 12.

His brother, James Tury, is on a residential placement at Prior’s Court and his family wanted the funds to go towards new bikes.

Prior’s Court young person’s wellbeing lead, Matt Phelps, said: “We’re very grateful to everyone for their support.

“This donation is incredible as it shows so many different groups of people all coming together to create something fantastic.

“Exercise is a key part of our approach with supporting young people with complex autism and these bikes and other equipment are perfect.”

The bikes donated to the charity
The bikes donated to the charity

As well as sourcing the items at trade price, Banjo Cycles also donated more bikes, helmets and other cycling equipment after approaching distributors.

The distributors who made donations are Frog Bikes, Oxford Products and Giant Bicycles.

The team from Banjo Cycles also provided training to Prior’s Court staff about correctly sizing and fitting helmets.

Banjo Cycles store manager, Will Lewis, said: “There are so many great benefits to cycling and everyone should have the opportunity to ride a bike.

“We feel privileged in being able to help and share the joy of cycling with the young people at Prior’s Court.”

Overall, Ethan Tury raised £2,500 in his fundraiser.

The remaining £1,000 went towards the charity’s ongoing Performing Arts Centre fundraising appeal.



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