A wheely good idea to help Fife charities

Colin Brown with Tu Edwards
Colin Brown with Tu Edwards
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A big-hearted Kirkcaldy man has put the wheels in motion to give Maggie’s Fife an amazing £1130 cash boost.

Colin Brown (33) raised the money through his venture ‘Colin’s Charity Cycles’ and presented a cheque to Tu Edwards, community fundraiser.

He said the money was collected primarily through the sale of bikes which he buys, recycles and then sells on at a reduced cost - with the profits going to charity.

The social care worker said: “I started Colin’s Charity Cycles in 2011 and, at that time, it was just a hobby.

‘‘In 2013 I revisited the idea and decided to really push it. I planned to raise £200 for one charity, then £200 for another, and so on. I created a Facebook page to promote it and with the support of family and friends, it has gone from strength to strength.

“Due to the good response, I decided to change the initial £200 per charity to £1000 per charity. My aim now is to continue raising funds for local charities while also making cycling affordable and offering quality bikes at reasonable prices.”

At the moment, Colin doesn’t have a unit for his venture so he has been working at his parents’ garage or from the boot of his car to do bike repairs.

He continued: “After careful thought and consideration, I was drawn towards Maggie’s as the first charity to receive £1000.

‘‘It is a well known and liked charity and I wanted to raise its profile, and increase the awareness of the impact cancer can have - on not only the individual but also on family and friends.

‘‘Through Tu Edwards, Maggie’s community fundraiser, I was provided with some information as to what the money could go towards. I learned £1130 could pay for a six-week course of caring for someone with cancer ... so I decided to increase the initial sum of £1000 to £1130, which I managed to achieve quickly with a flurry of sales - over £200 in a weekend - which I was ecstatic about.”

Colin added: “Without the support and generosity of people, the fundraising wouldn’t have achieved anywhere near as much as it has - I want to say a massive thank you to everyone.”

Tu Edwards said: “I’d like to say a big thanks to Colin for putting in all those hours of his own time to raise such a tremendous amount and to everyone who bought a bike or donated one.”