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Pump up cash for charity

David Fawcett with Rowan Robinson and Russell Castle at Happy Days Cycle, Ovenden.

David Fawcett with Rowan Robinson and Russell Castle at Happy Days Cycle, Ovenden.

A Halifax charity that helps homeless people across the region is cranking it up a gear when it comes to fundraising.

Happydays charity has launched a social enterprise to sell 101 bikes by July 6, in the run up to the Tour de France - which is celebrating its 101st birthday, this year.

Bikes have been donated to the Threeways charity, Ovenden, by West Yorkshire Police, Voluntary Action for Calderdale, Halifax Opportunities Trust, from individuals and ebay purchases. Happydays volunteers, including former homeless people and unemployed youths, are then doing-up the donated bikes and selling to the public in order to raise money to help local homeless men and women.

It is hoped the project will raise £10,000.

With some of the profits, it is hoped a homeless pamphlet will be created to help men and women navigate Calderdale welfare services.

Project volunteer manager Rowan Robinson said the project has taught him problem solving and engineering skills.

He said: “It’s great. We’re getting to use our hands and work through the different mechanical processes of bikes as well as team building.”

Happydays CEO Dave Fawcett said: “If anyone can donate a bike or if anyone wants to buy a bike at an affordable price - come see us at Threeways.”

Bikes can also be part exchanged. Contact Happydays on 01422 361173 for more info.

 

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