On your bike, as Milton Keynes charities bid to win £1,000

Cycle Saviours charity
Cycle Saviours charity

A charity that repairs and recycles old and unwanted bikes could be in line to win a £1,000 prize.

Cycle Saviours, which is based in Stacey Bushes, is the only social enterprise of its kind in Milton Keynes, and was formed as part of the Milton Keynes Christian Foundation.

And it is one of the charities hoping to get their green fingers on the Big Green Leaf Community Award; other local community groups are now being invited to join Cycle Saviours in showcasing their work, and city shoppers will vote for which charity scoops the prize.

Adrian Lloyd, enterprise leader of Cycle Saviours, said: “Our mission is to save bikes, save the environment, and help get people out on their bikes a lot more.

“We rescue, restore and re-use pre-loved and abandoned bikes, using them to benefit disadvantaged groups while promoting healthy living.

“We also create cycle art out of old pieces and frames and sell parts and offer servicing to members of the public.”

He added: “Thousands of perfectly serviceable bikes lie languishing in sheds and garages or find their way to the local tip in various states of repair, where they end up in the expensive and environmentally destructive processes of recycling or, worse, landfill.

“We aim to utilise this wasted resource to give young people, who are not in education and training, a second chance to learn and build skills for employment, encourage access to cycling by providing affordable recycled bicycles, empower individuals through the greater mobility afforded by a bike and promote health, sustainable transport and environmental responsibility.”

The Big Green Leaf Community Award is open to registered charities and not-for-profit community organisations or agencies.

Ideally these should be based within a five-mile radius of the MK1 Shopping Park which have put their green project forward to the MK1 Shopping Park Big Green Leaf campaign.

To apply email amy.hodges@eu.jll.com or call 01132 616 250.