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Learning bike mechanics can be an empowering process. Assessing and overcoming refurbishment challenges improves numeracy, literacy, critical thinking and problem solving: useful and transferable skills which help those marginalised to progress to mainstream employment.

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Bikes get dropouts back to school

Offenders at Lindholme and Everthorpe prisons are influencing high school dropouts in Ghana to go back to school. The men in our prison workshops have been working hard to restore hundreds of bikes for the Avenues Bicycle Project, who ship the bikes from their base in Hull to communities in […]

Men at Haverigg prison in Cumbria work on a bike that will be donated to a child in need

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this project” – Colin’s story at HMP Kirkham

What’s it really like for the men who work on our projects in prison? “Colin” is a 38-year-old single male offender who was originally serving his sentence at HMP Haverigg where he trained in our bike workshop. He was transferred to HMP Kirkham, a Category D (or “open”) prison in […]

Two young men from Uganda get wheelchairs fixed by HMP Garth

From a Lancashire jail to war-torn Sri Lanka

We connect prisoners to people in need all over the world. Watch the short video below – Wheelchairs from Lancashire –  to see how wheelchairs restored by prisoners at Garth Prison in Lancashire have helped land mine victims in Sri Lanka — and given children in Chennai, India, mobility and independence. And please do […]

Ilkley Wharfedale bike collection day

Recycle that Bicycle: over 75 bikes collected!

Many thanks to Ilkey Wharfedale Rotary Club for organising a successful bike donation day on behalf of MCF on Saturday 26th September. The collection took place in the central car park in Ilkley between 10.00am and 2.00pm and we received over 75 bikes which will go on to be refurbished […]


HMP Liverpool delivers their 5000th bike

Upstairs to the MCF Bike Workshop at HMP Liverpool, where we’ve been training prisoners in bike mechanics for nearly 15 years. This February, Liverpool delivered their 5000th expertly refurbished bike, which went on to be sold at a bargain price in The Bikery, our community bike hub in Shipley, Bradford. […]

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MCF Shipley Bike Sales: how it works

Once a month we sell some of the bikes which have been refurbished in our prison workshops and by our community volunteers at affordable prices at our shop in Shipley, Bradford. Unwanted bikes are collected by partner charities, refurbished in one of our 10 prison workshops then brought to the […]


New Community Project Launched ….

On 29th October, more than 150 cyclists gave their bikes a free health check at a canal-side ‘pop-up’ workshop in Bradford. This launch event was run by the The Bikery, a community cycle project based at Incommunities’ Enterprise Hub in Wibsey. It forms part of The Big Bike Revival, a national celebration to encourage […]


Tudor Trust award a substantial grant …

Tudor Trust have kindly awarded Margaret Carey Foundation a grant of £60k over 3 years.  This will make a significant contribution towards covering the costs of running our prison projects. Notification of the award was received on 19th November. We would like to express our gratitude to the Tudor trustees […]


New Grant Received…

Many thanks to the Noel Buxton Trust for awarding Margaret Carey Foundation a grant of £2000 received on the 16th October. This is much appreciated and will help towards meeting our prison project costs.


Call for NHS to donate wheelchairs for overseas aid

Steven Chandler, Acting British High Commissioner in Fiji, called on the international aid community to remember disabled people in developing countries as he presided over the delivery of a container load of children’s physiotherapy equipment donated by PhysioNet and including dozens of wheelchairs refurbished by offenders at HMP Garth. Speaking to […]

Prisoner at HMP Everthorpe repairing a bicycle

Helping offenders work to help others

Thanks to funding from Northern Rock Foundation and the Monument Trust, Margaret Carey Foundation is now helping more prisoners than ever before, getting them to work to help people in need all over the world. More than 70 prisoners a week are working on our projects, learning good work habits […]