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Recycle your cycle and change a life in Africa

Recycled bikes donated through Halfords helpd these children in Gambia get to school.

Recycled bikes donated through Halfords helpd these children in Gambia get to school.

Is your unwanted bike just taking up space? Trade it in at Halfords’ Doncaster store and your old one could change a life in Africa as well as getting 10 per cent off a new one.

Britain’s biggest bike retailer is collecting second-hand bikes at branches across the country from tomorrow, Wednesday March 19 to Monday March 24.

Customers recycling a bike will receive 10% off, if they wish to purchase a new one.

Suitable donated bikes will be sent to Africa as part of Halfords’ partnership with the charity Re~Cycle. Millions of unused bikes go to waste in sheds and garages in the UK, but in Africa they can be life-changing, helping health workers reach communities in need, children get to school and farmers transport goods to market.

Re~Cycle not only transports bikes to Africa, but also teaches local people how to repair and maintain the cycles, providing employment and improving lives in a sustainable way.

Halfords’ CEO Matt Davies said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for customers to trade-in their old bikes, get 10 per cent off a new one if they want to and help a great cause too. Bikes can transform the lives of people in Africa and our work with Re~Cycle is an exciting example of where recycling can make a real difference, with over 4,800 bikes already recycled through previous trade in events so far.”

Merlin Matthews, the founder of Re~Cycle, added: “We’re really excited about the trade-in event, which is part of our long-term partnership with Halfords and helps in our ambition – to get access to all those unwanted bikes and raise awareness of how people here can very easily assist those in need in Africa.

Bikes most in demand by Re~Cycle are sturdy mountain bikes for teenagers and adults. However all bikes that are in a reasonable condition, including kids’ bikes, will be accepted by Halfords provided they are complete with no cracks in the frame and less than 25 per cent rust.

 

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