Happy days as cycles wheel into new base

Happy Days Cycles is now at Unit 16, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre
Happy Days Cycles is now at Unit 16, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre

A charity which helps homeless people with housing and provides a path back towards work has a new home for its cycle saleroom and repair shop.

Happy Days is a community housing project which currently not only provides a home for 11 men who were living rough on the streets of Calderdale but also training in bike repairs and help getting back into work.

With more than 100 bikes of different types, including BMX, mountain bikes and racers, Happy Days Cycles is now much closer to Halifax town centre, having moved from the Threeways Centre at Ovenden to its new home at Unit 16 at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre.

Happy Days founder David Fawcett said the new premises were more accessible to customers and its homeless clients alike.

“We’re hoping the public will start coming in to buy bikes here and they are also available on Ebay and Gumtree online,” he said.

David said Happy Days, which has been running for a year, provided a path whereby homeless people could move off the streets and through its night shelter into community housing, encouraged volunteering for projects like recycled cycles and prepared them for work.

The cycles are donated to the charity, repaired and overhauled by the team under trainer Bob Arnold and readied for sale. Happy Days Cycles also undertakes bike servicing and can accept donations if you don’t want a cycle but would like to support the project.

“They are trained to fix the bikes properly and we also run one-weekend courses where our guys learn intensively how to fix bikes. Happy Days has been going great and we have had a tremendous response from the public, supporting what we’re doing in the town,” he said.

The next training course is on March 13 and you can get details by calling 01422 399520