A DISABLED people’s cycling group that suffered a break-in has launched a £20,000 fundraising campaign to keep the project running.
Groundwork North Wales runs the Pedal Power service at Alyn Waters Country Park in Gwersyllt, providing cycling activities for people with disabilities and learning difficulties.
The project has a three-year funding contract with Wrexham Council, but bosses say it needs to become self-financing over the next few years. Project co-ordinator Keefe Owen said it was vital the money is raised in order to ensure people with many different abilities can enjoy the benefits of cycling.
Mr Owen said: “We need to raise a significant amount of money in the next year in order to keep the service open and we hope local people will help to support us with our fundraising activities.
“It is the only service of its type in North Wales and it benefits a huge number of people.” Pedal Power has 250 members and hundreds more access it every year.
The funding call comes a week after its premises were broken into.
An estimated £1,000 worth of equipment was stolen and a further £1,000 worth of damage was caused.
As the project runs on a tight budget, replacing the equipment and clearing up will be difficult.
Mr Owen added: “Two Giant mountain bikes were taken and professional tools as well.
“Whoever did it may have been surprised in the act as some expensive equipment had been dropped by the door, so we’re hopeful someone may have seen something. It was quite a devastating thing to happen and quite distressing for us and our customers.
“We are looking to put it behind us and concentrate on the fundraising.”
Forthcoming events to boost the £20,000 bid will include a Family Fun Day in June, a 100-club style lottery and a raffle.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number RC1403 5701.