A MILLPORT couple have made a big-hearted donation to help a charity which help children get on their bikes.

Mapes of Millport ownrs Scott and Deborah Ferris have filled three vans of donations for the Inverclyde Community Tracks charity, which recycles unused bikes and puts them towards helping youngsters pass their cycling proficiency exams - keeping them safer on the roads.

The project also aims to develop skills, reduce waste and promote social inclusion.

Scott said: “Stewart Phillips from Community Tracks dropped in one day and told us about the project and I wanted to help.

“I had just taken over the shop and wanted to clear out one of the garages. It was ideal, and I took the vans full of bikes over on the ferry to Port Glasgow.

“Obviously most children want to sit their cycling proficiency just like their friends and it’s a shame that they could be limited from doing this because they don’t have a bike of their own.

“The project also helps people in the community that are unemployed. They can volunteer and learn more about how to repair and work with bikes and maybe use the skills they learn to get a job.

“If it helps get people back in to work and gives kids a chance to have a bike, then it's a great idea to us.”

Scott says that the people of Millport have been great at getting behind the project, with the donations coming from islanders and holidaymakers.

He added: “I told people about the project and lots of people have been keen to donate.

“There are people who will buy a bike off me and then give me their old ones for the charity.

“There’s plenty of bikes in people garages which lay there for years unused or broken and people think they are useless, but to the charity every bike is great.

“One person donated 24 bikes in one fell swoop.

“I have made three trips over with my van filled to the brim and that’s just donations from the people on the island.

"Some bikes which seem beyond repair can have things taken off and used.

“It’s important to us to give something back to the community and this is a great avenue for us to do that.”