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.

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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.