Used bikes help those in need

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

Bri­tain’s big­gest bike re­tailer is col­lect­ing sec­ond-hand bikes at se­lected stores across the coun­try, help­ing to di­vert land­fill waste and change lives.

Many of the chil­dren’s bikes do­nated go to prison cy­cle fa­cil­i­ties Hal­fords has set up, where of­fend­ers are taught new skills to re­pair the bikes, the aim be­ing to pro­vide them with im­proved op­por­tu­ni­ties on re­lease.

The cho­sen stores in­clude Hal­fords’ out­let in Mal­lory Road, in Boon­gate.

The re-con­di­tioned and fully checked bikes are then do­nated, along with new hel­mets, to dis­ad­van­taged schools across the UK. Other suit­able bikes are do­nated to the com­pany’s char­ity part­ner Re~Cy­cle who teach peo­ple in Africa how to re­pair and main­tain the cy­cles, pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment and im­prov­ing lives in a sus­tain­able way. We have been work­ing with part­ners for a num­ber of years now.

So far, with the help of lo- cal com­mu­ni­ties, we have di­verted over 450 tonnes from land­fill with over 30,000 bikes chang­ing the lives of 180,000 peo­ple.

Do­nated bikes will trans­form the fu­ture for both peo­ple here in the UK and abroad and this is an ex­cit­ing ex­am­ple of where re­cy­cling can make a real dif­fer­ence. The bikes we re­ceive through do­na­tions re­ally do make a huge dif­fer­ence. They al­low for life

chang­ing trans­port op­portu- ni­ties in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, as well as ben­e­fit­ting ex­ist­ing pro­grammes in ed­u­ca­tion, health and home­less­ness.

We couldn’t do­nate as many bikes as we do with­out the sup­port of Hal­fords and their drop-off lo­ca­tions. They pro­vide a vi­tal lo­gis­ti­cal net­work across the UK so peo­ple in all re­gions can sup­port Re~Cy­cle by do­nat­ing their un­wanted bikes. All bikes that are in a rea­son­able con­di­tion

will be ac­cepted pro­vided they are com­plete with no cracks in the frame and less than 25 per cent rust. FULLY FIT­TED FROM ONLY inc. valve, bal­ance & tyre dis­posal

185/65r15 AA01 A Drive 88H ......... £52

195/65r15 AA01 A Drive 91H ......... £50

185/60r15 AA01 A Drive 84H ......... £58

195/60r15 AA01 A Drive 88H ......... £60

205/55r16 ES32 91V ...................... £55

225/45r17 AC02 C Drive 94W XL ... £70 Emma Thomas Head of CSR Hal­fords

UK’s first Autism Hour.

The in­au­gu­ral event, or­gan­ised by The Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety, will see shops and ser­vices across the UK dim their lights, turn down mu­sic and share in­for­ma­tion about autism for 60 min­utes on the week of Oc­to­ber 2. Down­load a free in­for­ma­tion pack by vis­it­ing­volved/tmi/autism-hour.aspx

Mark Lever Chief ex­ec­u­tive Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety Above 2501cc CALL with ve­hi­cle de­tails. Prices in­clude lead­ing brand oil. Spe­cial­ist oils (long life, fully syn­thetic etc.) will in­cur an ad­di­tional charge.

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