Avid cyclist, MP Julian Huppert is backing a Christmas Toy Appeal with the gift of a bike for a youngster.
Julian has teamed up with independent Cambridge cycle shop Townsends Light Blue to donate the bike to the appeal as a gift for a nine-year-old boy.
Staff at the shop in Chesterton Road have agreed to discount the bike by 50 per cent as their contribution to the Star Radio Christmas Toy Appeal in aid of the Liam Fairhurst Foundation which is collecting gifts for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and their siblings this Christmas.
Julian said: “This is such a worthwhile appeal. I wanted to give the gift of a bike because I know it could bring lots of fun long after Christmas is over and, who knows maybe give the youngster who receives it will develop a love of cycling.
“I am delighted that the staff at Townsends Light Blue have been so generous and discounted the price of the bike as their contribution to this appeal. I hope others across Cambridge and the county generally will give their support to help these youngsters this Christmas.”
Julian will present the 24inch bike to Callum Fairhurst, who helped to launch the foundation to continue the legacy of his brother, Liam who raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for sick children before his death from cancer at the age of 14.
“We’re so thankful to everyone in Cambridgeshire that's helped with the Toy Appeal,” said Callum. “Julian has been a great supporter of the foundation and we're delighted he's continuing this support.
“The incredible help from so many individuals and business, including Julian, is going to help many children stuck in hospital or in need of a brilliant Christmas."
Clare Curtis, Manager at Townsends Light Blue said: “As a family and community Cycle shop, we at Townsends Light Blue wanted to be able to really get involved with such a great charity that can benefit children and families in our local area. We heavily subsidised the cost of the bike to Julian in the hope that the toy appeal will be a great success for all involved.”
The presentation will take place at Townsends Light Blue on Saturday (December 6) at 9.30am.