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Inmates at The Mount Prison at Bovingdon, near Hemel Hempstead, are up-cycling old bikes, for a local hospice.
Drop off points have been set up to allow people to donate their old bikes which then go to the Prison Workshop - to be refurbished back to new. The bikes can then be re-sold to raise money for Sue Ryder St John Hospice.
HMP 'The Mount' is a Category C men's prison, on the outskirts of Bovingdon near Hemel and it's cycle repair workshop was taken over by Sue Ryder in October 2014 as a pilot to understand the process of refurbishing cycles to generate an income.
At the beginning there were up to eight full time prisoners obtaining a 'NVQ level 2' bicycle maintenance qualifications. There was one supervisor Haydn providing the training to the men as well as ensuring the bikes were of a high standard. The workshop has now grown and developed with investment from the Prison Governor with an additional supervisor and 10 more men. The capacity for cycle repair is 200 per week.
Everyone who donates a bike this month will be entered into a prize draw for a £400 flight prize, that will be drawn at 1pm on Saturday 30th January.
Bikes will be donated throughout the month of January at the following locations:
- Lewsey Community Center Landrace Road, Luton, LU4 0SW Monday - Friday 9am-10pm Saturday 9am-2pm
- Chaul End Community Center 15 Dunstable Road, Luton, LU4 8QN Monday - Friday 8am-8pm Saturday 9pm-12pm
- Holiday Inn Luton Airport (formerly Ramada Encore)
- New Sue Ryder Shop Bedford - Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm
- Luton Town Football Club - Stadium Car Park Maple Road East LU4 8AD - Thursdays only 9am - 5pm
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