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Kids' Holiday Bike Club
At the beginning of Easter, Halfords began to offer a free Kids' Holiday Bike Club for children to help create closer links with each store's local community. Run during the school holidays, the workshops show children – and their parents – the key things to check on a bike, providing a perfect starting point for children to go back home and, together with their parents, make sure their bikes are safe. Over Easter, nearly 2,500 children, plus their parents, attended a workshop.
At the beginning of April 2013, Halfords began a long-term partnership with Re~Cycle, a UK charity that sends unwanted bikes to Africa. In some areas of Africa, a bike can be the only means of transport and owning a bike enables people to travel to work, school and carry goods and passengers, whilst small scale farmers and traders can reach customers further afield.
The bikes can similarly be an invaluable resource for travelling health workers and provide access to training and employment, helping to improve lives in a sustainable way.However, bikes can be too expensive for the majority and additionally the skills to maintain them might not exist, whereas millions of unused bikes go to waste in sheds and garages in the UK.
Through our partnership, we plan to work with Re~Cycle to build on the fantastic work it has already achieved since 1997 to increase the number of bikes sent to Africa and also raise funds to help the charity grow. You can read more about Re~cycle on their website - http://www.re-cycle.org/
In our Autocentres we agreed a long-term partnership with BEN, the dedicated charity for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive and related industries, as well as their dependants.
We operate the largest independent Apprentice Scheme in the motor industry via our autocentres. In twenty years of operation, we offered employment to the majority of apprentices who completed the three-year scheme.