Lifecycle Project has been set up to provide bikes for NHS key workers and to help improve employment opportunities for prison leavers.
The project has been founded by three organisations: Bouygues E&S Solutions, InfraRed Capital Partners, and Vercity, and is working with West Middlesex Hospital, Peterborough Hospital and Southmead Hospital in Bristol. So far, 49 renovated bikes have been handed over to staff at the three hospitals and to children from underprivileged families. Ten key workers at West Middlesex have received bikes, including one A&E nurse who had her own bike stolen whilst she was working a 10-hour shift during the first few months of the pandemic.
Now that prison workshops are back open following closure during Covid lockdowns, the bikes are being renovated in the bicycle repair and training workshops at HMP Hewell and HMP Aylesbury. The prisoners receive full bike mechanic training and have the opportunity to take a City & Guilds qualification, thereby significantly improving their chances of employment on release and reducing social exclusion for prison leavers.
The Lifecycle Project has received over 900 requests from the three hospitals and is now expanding to include others in London and beyond. Cycling is a great way to relieve stress and improve mental health and physical fitness, and it also keeps cars off the road. The more NHS staff who have the facility to cycle to work or to enjoy cycling in their leisure time, the healthier they will be. It is the ambition of the Project to provide a second-hand bike to everyone who wants one and it is therefore calling for more bikes to be donated.
Please donate your old bikes!
If you have a bike you no longer use (maybe you’ve received a new one for Christmas!) please think about donating it to the Lifecycle Project – visit the website at lifecycleproject.org and click on the link to donate. Someone will then be in touch with you to organise delivery or collection.