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Mike's Bikes

6 February 2020

#ValleysMag | Health and Wellbeing |

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Mike Jones recycled more than 50 bikes in the run up to Christmas to give to families who struggled to afford presents.

Mr Jones, who is a full-time carer for his wife, started the project after buying a bike from a local charity shop for £2.50, doing it up and offering it for free on Twitter. Since starting the project in November, he has received dozens of second-hand bike donations from people in the area.

“I’ve been inundated with offers, donations, and also lots of stories of people who are really struggling.” said Mike.

Trivallis worked with Mike and donated three bikes to families receiving support from our STEPS and SAFE teams, with one going to each of our three valleys.

One bike went to a family in Penywaun that was identified by Customer Involvement Network member Emma Nicholas, who has been working with the local school to support the family.

Mr Williams, the Deputy Head of Penywaun Primary School, said: “As a school we are touched to see the support for the family from the community and Trivallis whilst they are experiencing financial difficulties. It’s hit home to me how much of a difference this will make to the young boy. I know it’s part of much wider support that Trivallis is offering the family, but this will mean the world to him and his mam on Christmas Day.”

Emma Nicholas with the deputy head of penywaun primary school

If you’d like more information on the types of support available through Trivallis, visit and check out the ‘supporting you’ tab.