Local community project reaches the finals of the National Lottery Good Causes Award

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Staff and volunteers at Life Cycle’s bike recycling scheme at Horfield prison are delighted to be recognised for their efforts.  Their Bike Back project has made it through to the finals of the environment category of National Lottery good causes awards.

The public are being asked to vote for their favourite project to determine the final winner, who will be awarded a £3,000 cash prize and appear at a BBC one event to celebrate.

The project offers prisoners the chance to gain a City and Guilds qualification in bike mechanics whilst working on bikes donated by the public.  Those bikes, once refurbished are then sold to the community at affordable prices.

Now in it’s 5th year, bike back has been funded by the National Lottery and is sustained by the income from bike sales.  Last year alone, around 60 prisoners received training and 340 bikes were recycled.  Over half of those went to people on low incomes and 100 bikes were sold at a subsidised cost to those most in need of cheap, reliable transport.

Life Cycle are now asking for your vote, it take a few seconds and costs nothing.  Go to http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/bike-back and click vote.  Voting closes on 20th July, so vote now.

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