Halfords donate free bikes to our school
Children from Bells Farm were left ‘wheeling for joy’ after receiving 20 free bikes and helmets and taking part in a workshop to get to grips with essential bike maintenance. The bikes were donated by Halfords to help encourage more children – who may not necessarily have access to bikes – to cycle.
Mrs Butterworth, Headteacher said: “Our pupils were thrilled when the bikes and helmets arrived from Halfords and couldn’t wait to try them out.”
“With these bikes our pupils will be able to develop their cycling skills in preparation for their bikeability training and encourage them to be more active.”
Each bike has been collected from customers who donate unwanted bikes through Halfords’ national trade-in events and has been reconditioned through a rehabilitation programme Halfords runs with Onley prison. The programme trains offenders in bike mechanic skills, giving them future employment opportunities and aiding personal development.
Halfords Selly Oak colleague, Pinder Singh (who is also a professional BMX champion) delivered the bikes and ran the workshop for a class. He comments: “We’re delighted to be able to provide bikes and helmets to local pupils in Leeds and we also want to give them the skills to keep them in tip top condition. The bikes will encourage youngsters at the school to get out on their bike, something which will hopefully develop into a life-long interest and our workshop runs through the essential safety checks and teaches kids how to make simple repairs such as inflating a tyre.”