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SHEFFIELD has always been a keen cycling city, whether that’s despite or because of its seven hills.

So when a cycling fan decides to celebrate Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France victory by giving away 20 bikes to job hunters, we expect a good response.

Solicitor Ged Hale hopes Wiggins’ deeds in the yellow jersey will encourage more people to choose pedal power as a mode of transport.

And as part of his firm’s Bike To Work initiative, Ged wants to help those struggling to attend interviews due to public transport costs.

It echoes the sentiments of former Tory Party Chairman Norman Tebbit who suggested unemployed people should get on their bikes to find work.

But Ged’s approach is more practical because he will provide the bikes.

It’s a great way of putting something back into the community and if other businesses follow Ged’s lead, it could help break the cycle of unemployment in depressed areas.

Patients’ photos put us in picture

THEY are not the most traditional of photographs ever taken in a hospital.

They do not show doctors, nurses or medical equipment.

But there is surely no doubt pictures taken by the young patients at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield somehow manage to capture the essence of the place.

More than 30 youngsters - staying at the hospital for a variety of reasons - were given cameras and asked to take simple, super close-up shots of their surroundings.

The result is a hugely colourful, hugely fascinating collection showing how bright, friendly and ultimately welcoming the place is.

The pictures are now going on display in the centre’s onsite art gallery.

If it puts a smile on the face of just a few patients, it will have been a job well done.

Pupil promenade

THE school Prom season has become a favourite fixture in the calendars of pupils and parents alike.

And the pictures in today’s Class Act pullout tell you why.

Bright, smiling faces show how proud the pupils are to wear their finery, which has clearly been a labour of love.

They are bound to generate a similar response from parents and relatives alike, making them a credit to all involved.

We will carry more pictures in next week’s Class Act. Just make sure you have a box of tissues handy.