Late Tamworth cyclist’s family donate to Birmingham charity cycling groups

The family of a Tamworth cyclist who died earlier this year has donated the contents of his workshop to Birmingham charity cycling groups.

Geoff Cleaver passed away aged 68, leaving behind a huge collection of tools and bike parts in his garage.

His family decided to donate them to the national cycling charity Cycling UK, for use by Community Cycle Clubs in Birmingham.

The majority of the cycling equipment, which included tools, lights, bike stands, pumps and brake cables, has gone to Ladywood CCC, which specialises in providing bikes to people experiencing homelessness.

The club also runs regular local social rides for anyone interesting in getting out on a bike in a group, taking advantage of the nearby canal paths.

Dominic Ashton of Ladywood CCC said: “I knew we could do a lot with it, and we already have.

“In the next 12 months we’d love to be able to offer bike maintenance sessions and qualifications, this could really impact people’s lives.

“From what I have learnt about him, cycling was a big part of Geoff’s life."

A 36-mile memorial ride which ran from the Ladywood workshop in Winson Green to Tamworth took place on 30th September and those who took part were asked to make a small donation to the British Heart Foundation and the Air Ambulance.

Cleaver was a committed member of Cycling UK-affiliated Tamworth Cycling Club in Staffordshire, taking on numerous roles throughout his time, including chairman.

His daughter Frances said: “We were unanimous in agreeing that a cycling-based charity would be the best place and would align with Dad’s values.

“Our actions are not entirely selfless; we have no use for all the equipment and tools, and their value – and the odd container of flammable liquid – were an extra worry that my mum did not need!”

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