‘Life-saving’ bike given to needy man by Sheffield recruitment company

Rebecca Morris, Operations Manager at Benchmark Recruit in Sheffield with the bike donated to the Archer Project, a charity that works with people who are homeless or at risk from homelessness.
Rebecca Morris, Operations Manager at Benchmark Recruit in Sheffield with the bike donated to the Archer Project, a charity that works with people who are homeless or at risk from homelessness.
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A recruitment company has shown its support for a Sheffield charity by buying a bike to support a homeless person.

Benchmark have assisted the Cathedral Archer Project’s homeless day centre by providing a bike to one of their regular visitors who suffers from mental health issues.

The loss of his bike, which was his only mode of transport, meant his mood deteriorated and he even thought about suicide.

The bike was donated by Sheffield business Dwiss and serviced by cycling shop J E James.

Tracy Viner from the Archer Project said: “We have someone who has accommodation on the outskirts of the city but does not have any income to pay for transport or food and having a bike means he can come to the centre, have hot meals and see the project staff that are supporting him to make changes.

“He suffers from mental health issues and the loss of his bike meant he went downhill rapidly. When he heard about the donation, it lifted him immediately. In his words, it all feels better, things are happening.”

Rebecca Morris, Operations Manager at Benchmark, said: “When we initially got involved with the project we didn’t realise how helping to locate a bike could quite literally be a life saver.  To know we are helping give someone a life line is very humbling and we are pleased we could offer this support.”

Jon Walker from Dwiss said: “The bike was originally given to me by a neighbour. To know that it’s now got a new role enabling someone to live their life, and that all of this stemmed from an initial act of kindness, is very gratifying.”