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Halfords Dagenham collects old bikes to send to Africa

PUBLISHED: 16:45 10 July 2013

Lauren May gives her old bike to Halfords employee Gordon Wark for it to be recycled and sent to Africa

Lauren May gives her old bike to Halfords employee Gordon Wark for it to be recycled and sent to Africa

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Unwanted bikes are being collected by Halfords in Dagenham and shipped to Africa to provide affordable transport for deprived communities.

The bike retailer is inviting customers to bring in their old bicycles that are lying abandoned in garages and sheds.

Anyone who donates a bike will be offered 10 per cent off the price of a brand new model, as well as see their old bike sent off to a good cause.

Halfords hopes to collect 6,000 bikes during the trade-in period which runs from tomorrow (11) to Tuesday 16, after which they will be refurbished and distributed in Africa.

Commenting on the event, CEO Matt Davies said: “This is a great opportunity for customers to get rid of those bikes which are not being used and give to a great cause and get money off a brand new bike at the same time if they want to.”

The project is being run by Re-Cycle - a charity that since 1997 has sent more than 45,000 bikes to 16 different countries in Africa.

The Halfords branch in Dagenham is located in Merrielands Retail Park in Merrielands Crescent.


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