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Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw ready and waiting for passengers

Holiday for some but not for us at the Rickshaw. Perhaps you saw us out and about in all weathers; hopefully our volunteers still smiling, our crates lit up with twinkly lights.

With Christmas came the inevitable excess and there was a deluge of spare food and ready meals to be collected from our kind partners in the town to be delivered to those places where people weren’t lucky enough to feast with their families this year and to the Best Before Project in Elsey’s yard, who are working hard to keep food waste away from our bins. The shop is open to everyone; give it a look.

Where there are surpluses however, it’s often all or nothing. Hot on the heels of the Grape Mountain we had to contend with in November (on reflection, we should have taken these straight up to the hospital) came Sausagegate in December. More frozen sausages than we could ever hope to be gratefully received. The look on the faces of those taking deliveries from us at the various assisted housing projects across the town was priceless. Maybe we should have given out recipe ideas!

Bury Rickshaw is making deliveries
Bury Rickshaw is making deliveries

While the Rickshaw has been modified to carry people safely in these times, we didn’t get many takers for our joyrides around the Christmas Lights.

Perhaps we can tempt you in January to a detour through the Abbey Gardens or around the ever-changing town centre if you call us to take you to a medical test or vaccination. There is no charge and you will certainly arrive in style.

We have a fleet of riders using their own bikes to deliver lots and lots of prescriptions across the town.

Encourage those vulnerable people around you to contact us so we can work with the pharmacies to keep people safe and cars off the road.

In addition to our Rickshaw and Cargo Bike, we also have trailers which can transport a whole host of different commodities. If you have a need, call us 01284 339449. Please challenge us, we are keen to keep these wheels turning.

Are you a business with an idea for us or are you a budding rider who has a few hours a week to spare to keep fit and keep our community healthy?

Amanda Martin, trustee

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