THE garages and sheds of Somerset can breathe again.

The support for a special Bike and Gear Amnesty on Sunday, April 7 was 'overwhelming' according to the organisers.

A total of 56 bikes were donated, along with cycling gear with a retail value of around £5,500.

Pete Hawkins, who helped organise the event with friend Luke Thomas, said: "Thank you to Ros and Edington Village Hall for generously supporting.

"As mates who have met through cycling, we organised the event as a creative way to raise awareness of On Your Bike - a pioneering local charity helping those who are long-term unemployed or disadvantaged.

"They do this through training up bike mechanics, and their local shops including Bridgwater's Trinity Hall, sell second hand bikes and provide servicing and maintenance.

"More than 100 people came from as far as Tiverton and even Belfast, with the legendary Dr Bike (aka Brian Workman) on hand, putting 15 trusty steeds back into a roadworthy condition."

Jenny Hawkins and Jess Thomas were on hand providing visitors with homemade cakes and hot beverages.

On Your Bike CEO and Catcott resident, Lucy Workman, said: “Huge thanks for an incredible effort.

"It was a really successful and very enjoyable morning which far exceeded my expectations. You raised an incredible amount and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many local people.

"The outcomes of the amnesty provide a huge boost for our work supporting people who are finding life tough and helping them get into meaningful and affirming work.”

Mr Hawkins also wanted to thank The Kitchen at Langport and Sweets cafe in Westhay for raising awareness of the event, as well as Cherrytrees, Catcott, Ashcott, Millfield and Shapwick schools.