11 year old Travis McCausland will be the envy of all his friends when he gets home from school this afternoon as he was today presented with a brand new bike!
"Bikeability is a positive activity which is healthy for the children and at the same time they can learn about road safety."
Community Liaison Officer, Ruth Haigh
The Burnwood Community School pupil won the top prize in a school raffle to raise funds for the school’s Bikeability scheme. His brand new bike was unveiled at this morning’s assembly, presented by the Bikeability leader Neil Bryan and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Ruth Haigh.
On receiving the bike, Travis said: "To be honest, I’m a bit shocked. I knew I was getting the bike as I pulled the winning ticket out last week but I got to say what colour and style I wanted and this is even better than I imagined it would be.
"I’m going to be straight on it after school today; I can’t wait to show it off to my friends. I’ve got my new helmet ready and waiting at home."
Travis also picked up his ‘Level 2’ in the Bikeability scheme at this morning’s assembly. Bikeability leader Neil Bryan said: "The bike was kindly donated as part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Interest Company partnership and we are thrilled to be able to award this bike to one of our pupils.
"We are trying to encourage more children to use bikes regularly so it is important that we teach them how to be safe on their bikes as well as how to help keep fit and healthy."
The Community Interest Company is a joint venture of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Bilfinger Berger and was set up to support Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service risk reduction activities.
Community Liaison Officer, Ruth Haigh said: "We were delighted to be able to help the school out with their Bikeability scheme and it was great to see how pleased Travis is with his bike.
"We work in partnership on community projects and supporting Bikeability means we can help to promote a positive activity which is healthy for the children and at the same time they can learn about road safety to ensure they keep having fun on their bikes."