Trio gear up to recycle old bikes

Cycle Roots co-director Paul Maher works on a bike at their Glenfield Park base in Blackburn

Cycle Roots co-director Paul Maher works on a bike at their Glenfield Park base in Blackburn

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A TRIO who cycled from Darwen Tower to the Eiffel Tower last year to raise charity cash has launched a new community interest company.

Having raised £8,437 for local charities, Paul Maher, Emma McNally and Rebecca Winser set up Cycle Roots to continue their charitable work.

It means the trio, who raised the money for Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service and Blackburn Foodbank last year, collect unused or unloved bicycles and either repair them to sell or recycle them for parts.

Emma said: “We are a not for profit organisation that collects free of charge unused or unloved bicycles and either repair to a sellable standard or recycle parts for other bikes.

“We engage unemployed residents as volunteers and trainees, building skills, knowledge, and confidence which in turn will enhance employability.While doing this, we improve social inclusion by selling bicycles at low prices to low income families and promote bicycling and improve health and wellbeing in Blackburn with Darwen.

“This has a positive impact on the environment by both reducing waste going to landfill and providing sustainable transport to help reduce carbon emissions. However, to provide outreach services to residents of the borough, and to collect donations of bicycles and parts, we require the appropriate transport for this and are calling on all to help us raise the funds for this.”

As part of the team’s fundraising efforts, they will embark on a second ‘Tower to Tower’ challenge later this month, from Darwen to the Tower of London. They will split the cash raised between Cycle Roots and Rock FM’s Cash For Kids appeal, which helps disabled and disadvantaged children across Lancashire. Also taking part in the bike ride will be the founders of another community interest company, Caroline Fotios and Rachel Rhodes, who recycle donated school uniforms.

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7:50am Sat 2 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

QUOTE:

we improve social inclusion by selling bicycles at low prices to low income families

They then sell them on to other people , using the profit to fund there fags and booze lifestyle.
QUOTE: we improve social inclusion by selling bicycles at low prices to low income families They then sell them on to other people , using the profit to fund there fags and booze lifestyle. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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9:06am Sun 3 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
QUOTE:

we improve social inclusion by selling bicycles at low prices to low income families

They then sell them on to other people , using the profit to fund there fags and booze lifestyle.
Wow. And I thought I was a cynic...
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: QUOTE: we improve social inclusion by selling bicycles at low prices to low income families They then sell them on to other people , using the profit to fund there fags and booze lifestyle.[/p][/quote]Wow. And I thought I was a cynic... rudis_dad
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10:49am Sun 3 Aug 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Hope they have better morals than a place I visited in Radcliffe. Nationwide Cycling Academy (The Urban Cycle Centre) who get their bikes the same way AND from the Evans cycle recycle scheme. They wanted £270 for a Specialised bike made in 2010 which was worn. Lots of junk for over £100.00. If it had a decent name then they were hoping the clueless would by on name.
All the best to this company but personally I can't see it working. Prices have to be low re reasons it is there.
Hope they have better morals than a place I visited in Radcliffe. Nationwide Cycling Academy (The Urban Cycle Centre) who get their bikes the same way AND from the Evans cycle recycle scheme. They wanted £270 for a Specialised bike made in 2010 which was worn. Lots of junk for over £100.00. If it had a decent name then they were hoping the clueless would by on name. All the best to this company but personally I can't see it working. Prices have to be low re reasons it is there. CapitaBackHander
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