Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw returns to joy riding
It was all smiles as volunteers, council and business sponsors of the Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw celebrated the relaunch of its ‘joy rides’ again.
During the pandemic, the volunteer-run service was making around 40 deliveries of essential supplies every day.
But now the charity is going back to its roots, offering free rides to those experiencing social isolation.
Rickshaw co-founder, Sam Reid, said: “It makes us feel so much better that we are getting back to normality which, for the rickshaw, means giving people who are less able to travel around our lovely town the opportunity to see their community and feel part of that again.”
The service fully resumes on today, with two new rickshaws and a wheelchair bike, funded by councillors and sponsors, as well as the return of ‘Chatty Chum’ volunteers to accompany solo passengers.
Sam said: “Our first rickshaw has never let us down, but is quite small.
“I feel the new Rolls Royce versions will enable us to give an even better journey and with the cargo bike we can do wheelchair rides so no one misses out.”
Sam thanked all the council and business sponsors who continue to support the rickshaw.
She said: “We know that we would not be here without their funding, we also know that the continuation of all the volunteers’ time and effort behind the scenes also makes it for us too, so thank you to everyone.”
To book a ride, call 01284 339449 or see bserickshaw.org.uk