MORE than 40 bikes have been donated to help people get moving in West Somerset.

Somerset charity CCS (The Community Council for Somerset) issued a plea for any unwanted bikes in a bid to help those without transport, which could help many get back into work, education, or simply save money and help the environment.

Now, with more than 40 offers from the public, the charity has moved to say ‘thank you’ to people who have donated their second-hand bikes.

As part of the intiative, funded by the West Somerset Opportunity Area and Somerset County Council, expert mechanic Mark Gibbs, from Exmoor Bike Repair, refurbs donated bikes - with the first bike already finding a new home.

Izzy Silvester, CCS Village Agent for West Somerset, said: “Thank you to the people of Somerset for this incredible show of support and generosity. Having a bike can help people get back into work or education, save them money and allow them to travel safely, especially during these times of social distancing.”

The charity is still seeking donations of adult bikes in a good condition, meaning nearly ready to ride, with two wheels, pedals and handlebars.

Raj Singh, CCS deputy chief executive, added: “Thank you to all who have donated their bikes, they will make a huge difference to people in West Somerset who are in urgent need of transport, but for whom buying a new bike is not an option financially.

"The message is, please keep the bikes coming."

If you have a bike to donate, get in touch with CCS Village Agent Izzy via email to with your name and phone number and a brief description of the bike, or call 07931 018 045 to arrange free collection.

For anyone in a transport crisis, Izzy also works as the CCS West Somerset Transport Agent ready to help people who are struggling due to a lack of transport in the area.