Re-Cycle: Bikes to Africa, a charity that takes unwanted bicycles from Britain and ships them to Africa, need a new home on the Isle of Wight.
The late Tony Harding began collecting bikes and taking them on a regular basis to the charity’s headquarters in Colchester. Since 2014, local volunteer Sue Bailey has coordinated the collection and the bikes have been stored, free of charge, in InnerSpaces in Cowes.
However, a new home is now being sought to enable the charity to keep collecting unwanted bikes across the Island.
“We would like to continue to support this charity and in so doing help Islanders declutter their garages and sheds. Currently, we cannot accept bike donations because we don’t have anywhere to keep them.
“Due to increased business, Innerspaces no longer has the storage capacity to store bikes. It’s good for them, but not for us! We are looking for somewhere secure and dry to keep up to 150 bikes. If you know of somewhere that we could store the bikes, do get in touch”.
Over 1,500 bikes have been saved from going to the tip on the Island since Sue took over the reins from Tony.
Across the UK, thousands of bikes are thrown away or lie unused in sheds and garages, whilst many people in Africa have no access to transport of any kind. For some people living in parts of rural Africa, the average time spent walking to school, work, or collecting water can be 4 hours a day.
A bicycle lightens this burden and cuts travel time to a fraction, which dramatically improves an individual’s health and wellbeing as well as work and education opportunities, helping to bring social change. It can be used to carry passengers and heavy loads. Bikes give families the extra time to earn, learn and enjoy life.
You can contact Sue on [email protected] if you have any suggestions.