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Fire-hit bike charity's fundraiser hits £16,000 in fortnight

The Bike Station's garage in Edinburgh was badly damaged in the blaze in October.

Blaze: External damage to the Bike Station. STV

A fundraising campaign to restore a bike recycling charity’s garage after it was severely damaged in a fire has raised more than £16,000 a fortnight.

Volunteers were left devastated after the blaze at the Bike Station in Causewayside, Edinburgh, in the early hours of October 17.

The fire – which is still being treated as unexplained – caused major damage to the interior of the main building and also affected the workshop roof and office.

Renovated stock – including the charity’s “landmark” 50,000th recycled bike – was destroyed or badly damaged.

To try to get the venture back on its feet, Bike Station staff launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise £10,000.

The target was surpassed, reaching £16,230 in two just weeks.

In a statement on the Crowdfunder website, the Bike Station team said on Thursday: “The fire was a tragic surprise to all of us but your support and messages of goodwill have left The Bike Station feeling positive and reassured.

“To know that so many people appreciate what we’re doing makes our hopes for the future of the charity brighter. Thank you.

“The money raised will not only help our charity survive, but will also enable us to put resources back into our outreach projects.

“We will use the funds carefully to continue to reduce the barriers to cycling, support our cycling communities and promote sustainability.”

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