Halfords helps donate thousands of bikes to African charity
Halfords’ generous customers have donated thousands of unwanted bikes to help local communities in Africa, in a joint initiative with charity Re~Cycle.
A trade in event that was organised by Britain’s biggest bike retailer will see 4,300 cycles support its charity partner Re~Cycle, a charity that sends unwanted bikes to Africa providing affordable transport and sustainable employment to people in need.
Halfords CEO Matt Davies said: “We had an absolutely fantastic response to the event, with many customers simply wanting to donate bikes to a great cause. We felt that this was an exciting way to make a difference by doing something that is closely linked with our business.”
Re~Cycle was set up in 1997 and since then has sent over 47,000 bikes as well as parts and tools to 16 different countries in Africa. Merlin Matthews, the founder of Re~Cycle, added: “In Africa a bike can mean children can get to school, farmers can transport goods to market and health workers can get to communities in need - literally it can mean life, so this generosity is very much appreciated.”
Halfords is already planning a future trade-in event with Re~Cycle. If you would like be informed when this takes place simply email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Notes to Editors
More information on Halfords’ community work can be found at www.halfordscompany.com/corporate-responsibility/community
More information on Re~Cycle is available at www.re-cycle.org/
Emma Thomas, Community & CSR Manager, on 07753 809729 or at email@example.com .
The Group is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, leisure and cycling products and through Halfords Autocentres also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operator. Halfords customers shop at more than 460 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from more than 280 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices.
Halfords employs approximately 12,000 staff and sells around 10,000 product lines in stores, increasing to around 16,000 lines online. The product offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycles, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords own brands include the in-store Bikehut department, for cycles and cycling accessories, Apollo and Carrera cycles and exclusive UK distribution rights of the premium-ranged Boardman cycles and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment, branded URBAN Escape. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service called "wefit" for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a "werepair" service for cycles.