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Wicklow couple make fresh appeal for bikes to gift to Ukrainian refugees

Wicklow couple make fresh appeal for bikes to gift to Ukrainian refugees

Philip Carey. A couple living in Bray, who set up a scheme to provide bikes for Ukrainian refugees as a vital means of local transport,…

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Philip Carey. A couple living in Bray, who set up a scheme to provide bikes for Ukrainian refugees as a vital means of local transport, have made a fresh appeal for donations as more people arrive from the war-torn country, while others are relocated to rural settings.

Philip Carey and Claudia Schmid have been running a free bike scheme since May, 2022, with great success, and so far have deployed hundreds of bikes to refugees in south Dublin and north Wicklow. Given that by December, Revenue records indicated that one-third of Ukrainian refugees were already employed here – a higher employment rate than in any other country – Philip’s idea to provide bikes was not just for the purposes of recreation or spins to the local store.

And the fact so many Ukrainians were housed in remote locations, the need became even more pressing. Read more

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The bikes are donated by the public but they are often in need of TLC and refurbishment and Philip provides the labour free of charge. But donations were sought to buy the necessary spare parts such as tyres, cables, mudguards, locks and lights. They do get a lot of support from the Bike Shop in Bray, but costs are constantly mounting when it comes to maintenance.

The couple have now made a fresh appeal for bicycles and have offered to look after the collection. They are in need of adult bikes in reasonable condition, […]

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