Recycle a Bike for Christmas

It’s that time of the year again when we start thinking about Christmas. It’s difficult to imagine some children and young people won’t get a gift at Christmas. The truth is that some areas in Leeds have families that don’t have enough resources to buy presents.

As a charity, The Works Skatepark asked themselves what they could do about the situation. One answer was The Christmas Bike campaign. Now in its third year, they fix up old, forgotten and outgrown bikes and give them to children and young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds in Leeds.

A bike being donated last year
A bike being donated last year

Have you got an old bike you could donate? The Works can recycle and reuse discarded bikes (of all sizes). As long as they are in fixable condition, we give them refurbished bike to children and young people at Christmas who don’t already have a bike. Recipients of the recycled bikes are also offered free bike maintenance, cycling tuition and free membership to The Works Skatepark. We hope the children can access the skatepark on their ‘new’ bikes and see how we can help them further within our provision. Donations are open from the 4 November onwards.

The Works Skatepark CEO Elliott Turnbull said:

“Bikes not only help with a child’s confidence, self- esteem and independence, but also encourage children to keep active and are a great mode of transport. It’s about giving children and young people better life chances and showing them that people in Leeds care. What better time to do this than at Christmas.”

Last year 130 children benefited from the campaign with bikes going to individuals, families and some schools who created Bike Libraries so even more children would benefit.

You can drop them off, or we can pick them up. Give a gift this year that doesn’t cost a penny but will make a difference to a child from Leeds.

Please contact The Works Charity for more information on (0113) 244 6015 or email