CYCLISTS have donated cash to a scheme which is helping people self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thirsk Tootlers Cycling Club, which has more than 60 members, has sent a cheque for £300 to the town’s Community Works.

The community organisation is one of 23 support groups working with North Yorkshire County Council to do shopping, provide meals on wheels, deliver food parcels and prescriptions, and care for pets for people who don’t have anyone they can call on for help.

David Bradley, chair of the Tootlers, said: “We had a small reserve of £300, which the members unanimously agreed to release in support of Thirsk Community Works.”

Treasurer Richard Culmer added: “As a local club, we wanted to help those in the Thirsk area who are less fortunate, at what is a time of hardship for many.”

Abigail Homer, CEO of Community Works in Thirsk, paid tribute to the small team of volunteers who support more than 200 people per week in the town.

“Even though we have had to change the way we work, we are still providing accurate information, advice and guidance,” she said.

She added the organisation had shopped for almost 50 people, and delivered 20 food parcels, more than 50 meals on wheels and over 100 packed lunches - in a week.