A scheme to collect and recycle unwanted bikes is being launched to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s.
Paula Rastrick, Sue Ryder corporate fundraiser said: “People throw away thousands of bikes every year rather than donate as they feel no one will want them. But that old bike rusting away in the shed could help provide bereavement counselling for someone struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one.
“All money raised from the sale of bikes goes directly to support the charity to continue providing incredible care to people who need it most.
“At Sue Ryder we care about the environment as well as caring for people and we can stop the thousands of bikes going towards landfill every year. The new bike scheme, launched on Tuesday, January 5, is urgently calling on people to donate any unwanted bike.”
Safe Store in Bedford has also donated some storage space and bikes can be donated at a number of locations including the new Sue Ryder Shop in Ampthill Road, Bedford.
The charity is working in partnership with Luton Culture and supported by London Luton Airport, with the bikes being recycled at the Mount Prison workshop, helping prisoners gain qualifications.