Michelle is back on the road

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A DISABLED woman is taking to the roads on her bike once again after help from one of her father’s colleagues.

Michelle Maddison, 28, of Chester-le-Street, has Retts syndrome but will be able to go out with parents George and Maureen on a special tandem bike designed with a wheelchair attachment.

It was given to the family by Chester-le-Street charity The Gateway Wheelers, but was in urgent need or repairs.

The £5,000 duet tandem has been refurbished at the Co-Operative’s Birtley distribution centre, where Mr Maddison works.

Apprentice mechanic at site James Lyall spent two days stripping the machine down for repairs and replacing the tyres.

James, 21, said: “I’ve always liked to help people but you don’t always get the chance, so this was a great opportunity and it made a change from maintaining and repairing HGVs.

“Hopefully, the new-look bike will make a big difference to Michelle and her family.”

Mr Maddison, a warehouseman, said: “It’s fantastic.

“James has done a brilliant job.”