We are excited to return with the seventh edition of the Great Evans Cycles Trade-In, helping you save money on a new bike while supporting charities across the UK. Now in the third year running, we are proud to be working most closely with Hospice UK as part of the campaign.
We spoke to Emily Lever, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Hospice UK, to find out what exactly happens once a bike has been traded in and how all of this benefits the amazing work the charity already does…
Hospice UK works with more than 200 local hospices across the country to support over 200,000 adults with terminal and life-limiting conditions every year, as well as their families, carers and friends. Hospice UK works with Recycle Your Cycle to sell unwanted bikes through local hospice shops to raise vital funds for hospice care.
What happens once you donate a bike via the Evans Cycles Trade-In campaign?
Once a bike is traded in at an Evans Cycles store, they are collected by Recycle Your Cycle and taken to be repaired at one of eight prison workshops across the UK. The workshops are lead by trained bike mechanics, which allows prisoners the perfect opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications in bike mechanics such as NVQ’s and Cytech qualifications. This in turn helps with prisoners’ rehabilitation by giving them more structure and helps their future employability.
What happens once the bike is repaired?
After these bikes are repaired or refurbished by the workshop schemes, thy are then provided to hospices up and down the country for them to sell in their hospice shops with a six month warranty. This fantastic partnership provides local hospices with the perfect opportunity to transform unwanted bikes into vital funds to support hospice care. Last year 1,500 bikes were donated during the Trade-In campaign, and we would love to top that number in 2018. Each donated bike will enable hospices where you live and work to provide end of life care to patients and their families.
Why should you continue to support Hospice UK?
The chances are we all know someone who has been cared for by a hospice. It could be a colleague, a friend, or someone in our family. Hospice care transforms lives. But sadly more than 100,000 people every year who need hospice care are unable to get it. That’s why we need your help.