Author: Helen Rowlands
Tour De Yorkshire 2017
The Tour De Yorkshire will be speeding through Yorkshire from 28-30 April and MCF is all geared up to celebrate the occasion.
We are delighted to have a team of 15 cyclists taking part in the official Maserati Yorkshire Sportive on Sunday 30 April, starting and finishing at Fox Valley, Sheffield.
Our Team MCF cyclists will be completing challenging, hilly routes of either 50, 75 or 100km to raise funds for the Margaret Carey Foundation. If you would like to support any of them, here are a few of the cyclists with links to their sponsorship pages
They have all trained hard for the event and any additional sponsorship raised will give them the boost they need to get them over the finish line.
5 cyclists from HMP Lindholme led by workshop instructor Dave Clarke, completing the 100km route
Sponsor MCF Bikery Mechanic John Hyde completing the 100km route
Sponsor MCF Trustee, Meic Bruton, completing the 100km route
Sponsor MCF Bikery, Volunteer Mechanic Elliot Jay, completing the 50km route.
We wish all our cyclists the best of luck in the sportive (including the ones not mentioned above who don’t have online sponsorship pages) and hope it is an exhilerating and rewarding experience for you all.
Tour De Yorkshire Vintage Bike Display
Day 3 of the Tour De Yorkshire sets of from the centre of Bradford in City Park. MCF have provided refurbished bikes for a vintage display in the former Forsters Bistro, a fantastic venue within City Park. This display will form part of an exhibition celebrating the history of cycling which takes place during the Tour De Yorkshire. MCF bikes will also be on display in the Bradford Capital of Cycling hub in Hall Ings, Bradford. Students from the nearby Forsters college will be researching the history of the vintage bikes and making a display with help from local artist Tim Curtis.
School organises successful bike collection
Many thanks to the Year 9 students at Titus Salt School, Higher Coach Road, Baildon for organising a fantastic bike collection for the Margaret Carey Foundation.
The group of year 9 students organised the collection of unwanted bikes on behalf of MCF as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The collection was held at school on Saturday 1 April and was a huge succes – in total they received donations of 60 bikes, various bits of bikes and a wheelchair. All of thebikes and wheelchairs have already been sent on to one of our workshops to be refurbished.
There was also a fantastic write up in the local paper, The telegraph and Argus.
Thanks to the group of students, the supervising teacher, Mr Trusselle and everyone that supported the collection.
If you would be interested in organising a bike collection on behalf of MCF then why not get in touch to find out how we can support you. Email: email@example.com
Yorkshire Bank Bike Library Launches in Shipley
Children living in Shipley and the surrounding area will be able to ride a bike for free following the launch of a new Yorkshire Bank Bike Library at the MCF Bikery in Shipley at 4.00pm on Thursday 23 March 2017.
The bike library will offer free bike loans for children and families, as well as bike safety advice, and affordable bike repairs and servicing, and led rides.
Old and unwanted bikes can be also donated at the library where prisoners will clean and repair them to a high standard before they are loaned out to children and families who don’t have bikes of their own.
Helen Rowlands, MCF Development Manager, said: “We’re really excited about opening a Yorkshire Bank Bike Library here in Shipley. It’s a fantastic way for people who don’t have a bike to try one out and see if they like it without spending any money.”
The scheme is sponsored by Yorkshire Bank and run in collaboration with Welcome to Yorkshire’s cycling initiative, Cycle Yorkshire.
It aims to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike and sees unwanted bikes donated at one of the county’s 51 donation stations, where they are then repaired and available to hire free of charge.
Since the first Yorkshire Bank Bike Library opened last year, 36 have launched across the county, while more than 36,000 chances to ride a bike have been offered to children and nearly 5,000 bikes have been donated.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries is a truly unique scheme launched as a legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, designed to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, regardless of their circumstances.
“I am delighted to see a new bike library launching in Shipley. We’re really excited to bring stage three of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire through the area on Sunday, April 30 and hope it will inspire the next generation of cyclists to discover the joy of riding a bike for themselves.”
Helen Page, Propositions and Marketing Director at Yorkshire Bank, said: “We are delighted to support the set-up of additional Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries across the county. Giving more children an opportunity to have access to a bike is something we feel passionately about.”
For more information, visit bikelibraries.yorkshire.com
Bikes will be available to loan from the Shipley Bikery at the following times:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 3.00 – 5.00pm
Thursdays: 11.00am – 7.00pm
Saturdays: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Details of further Bike Library activities will be announced in due course.
Fundraising Folk Evening
On Friday 7th April The Wild Geese will be putting on a folk evening at The Octagon to raise funds for MCF.
Irish folk artist James Garvey will also be performing with further acts to be added to the line-up.
Tickets cost £7 and can be bought from the MCF Bikery, Shipley or online at
Book Early to avoid disappointment!
Wellness Centre Adopts MCF as Charity of the Year 2017
The Shipley and Saltaire Wellness Centre have chosen to support the Margaret Carey Foundation as their Charity of the Year 2017.
The Wellness Centre has been open for 3 years and has chosen to support the Margaret Carey Foundation for a whole year. The centre has a good history of supporting local causes having raised over £10, 000 since their opening, through a variety of events including a sponsored bike ride along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal last July.
David and Nicola Procter, who run the Wellness Centre, first came across the MCF Bikery when they were completing their sponsored Leeds – Liverpool canal bike ride in July 2016. Some of the customers of the Wellness Centre who took part in the challenge bought their bikes from the MCF Bikery in Shipley. MCF ran a bike maintenance session for the participants to help them check their bikes were in good working order and teach them to make any basic repairs that they might need to deal with whilst on their cycle challenge.
The Wellness Centre are planning various fundraising activities for the Margaret Carey Foundation throughout the year starting with a collecting tin on the counter with a virtual bike ride around the charities projects later this year. The Margaret Carey Foundation has guaranteed places in the Maserati Tour De Yorkshire Sportive and are hoping that there will be some riders from the Wellness Centre.
David Procter says: “we have been very impressed with the work they do, they’ve helped us in the past and they are a local charity to us too”
For details of the Shipley and Saltaire Wellness Centre go to: shipleysaltairewellnesscentre.co.uk
Thanks to the Wellness for adopting MCF as their charity of the year, we’ll keep everyone updated with progress and news of events.
Old Airedale Hospital Wheelchairs Given New Life Thanks to MCF
OLD wheelchairs from Airedale Hospital are being recycled to help poverty-stricken disabled people overseas.
The wheelchairs, some of them up to 17 years old, are taken to HMP Garth Prison in Chorley where they are stripped down, rebuilt and repaired in the MCF prison workshop.
So far, about 40 wheelchairs have been supplied by the mobility team at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
Volunteer occupational therapists then carry out clinical assessments to ensure the suitability of the chairs, before our partner charity PhysioNet transports them to deprived areas in countries including Fiji, Ghana, Benin, Swaziland and South Africa.
Michelle West, mobility services manager at the trust, said its wheelchairs were always refurbished several times before being replaced and would otherwise be scrapped if they weren’t donated to the scheme.
She added: “This is a fabulous partnership between our hospital, the prison and two local charities and volunteer therapists working back-to-back.
“We are really proud to be involved in this ‘green’ venture, as it enables the trust to be environmentally friendly and promotes sustainable communities whilst giving hope to many people with disabilities living in poverty overseas.
“It also helps to reduce our costs of scrapping mobility equipment.”
It is hoped other health services in the region may also get involved in the initiative.
David Brown, director of the Margaret Carey Foundation, said the project was life-changing for recipients of the chairs.
He spotlighted the case of a boy in India, who before receiving a wheelchair had to drag himself across an earthen floor to attend English language classes.
“When we gave this boy his new wheelchair – which had to be specially adapted due to the shape of his body – a beautiful smile spread over his face,” said Mr Brown.
“This venture makes such a tremendous difference to people’s lives.”
He added that when a video of the boy receiving his wheelchair was shown to one prisoner, it had a profound effect.
“He resolved there and then to amend his ways and reject his life of crime,” said Mr Brown.
“Seeing the video made him realise just how lucky he was compared to the boy in India.”
David Kaye – chairman of PhysioNet – said the charity had been collecting redundant special needs, disability and mobility equipment from health organisations across the UK for the past 16 years to reuse in developing countries.
“Our relationship with the Margaret Carey Foundation is a perfect match,” he added.
“It has access to prison workshops for repairing wheelchairs and we have a growing number of organisations abroad desperate for our equipment.”
Tour De Yorkshire 2017
Want to be a part of the biggest cycling event in Yorkshire?
The Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride offers a unique mix of Tour de France delivery combined with Yorkshire hospitality and beauty resulting in a sportive dream day.
Taking place on the 3rd and final day of the Tour de Yorkshire (Sunday 30th April), this is your chance to ride many of the same roads as the pros before they do, including the pro finish line, complete with support from the waiting crowds.
With three routes available (long route 100km, medium route 75 km and short route 45km) this once in a lifetime experience really isn’t to be missed for any biking enthusiasts out there.
Margaret Carey Foundation has been lucky enough to secure guaranteed places in the ride and we want you to join our team.
To enter all we ask is that all cyclists to pledge to raise a minumum of £150 in sponsorship for MCF. All TEam MCF cyclists will receive a cycling jersey to wear during the event.
The money raised by the cyclists in this event will help fund a new MCF van. With over 200,000 miles on the clock our current van is coming to the end of it’s working life and urgently needs to be replaced. Reliable transport is important for all organisations but for MCF it is simply crucial: being able to upply prison sites is fundamental to our day to day operations, as is getting refurbished bikes from the prison down to community projects for bike sales or donations.
The Tour De Yorkshire is a popular event and is sure to sell out quickly, if you would like to join Team MCF be a part of this unique cycling opportunity then please get in touch today!
MCF Shipley Bikery :: Grand Opening by Judge Thomas!
Honorary Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC officially opened the new Shipley Bikery at 4 Thomas Duggan House, Manor Lane, Shipley on Thursday 26 October. We were also delighted to be joined by Chief Superintendent Scott Bisset, Bradford District Commander of West Yorkshire Police and other interested parties from Bradford based cycling organisations.
The Shipley Bikery is open on Wednesdays (11-7) and Thursdays (10-6) selling quality refurbished bikes. We also offer affordable servicing and repairs and free bike maintenance advice and training. Starting in December we will be opening 5 days a week and need more volunteers to support our longer opening hours. If you love bikes and would like to find out more about volunteering the please get in touch email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07874 627801. No bike maintenance qualifications are necessary as training will be given, you just need to be enthusiastic about bikes and cycling.
Many thanks to Stephen Simper for taking the fabulous pictures of the opening for us.
Margaret Carey’s visit to HMP Kirkham
“Thank you very much indeed for a thoroughly enjoyable visit to the Margaret Carey Foundation. It is clearly going from strength to strength both in terms of your ability to raise funds and to increase the number of prison and community projects.
I was amazed at the visit to the mill to see all the donated stocks of bikes and other equipment, and agree with you that the building has great potential for other activities. The bike workshop in Shipley is clearly also going very well and literally provides a ‘shop window’ for the work of MCF and training opportunities for people in the community.
And our visit to HMP Kirkham yesterday was very enjoyable indeed. I must say I was pretty impressed that the No. 1 Governor was actually waiting in the workshop to meet us and spent a considerable amount of time talking about the work and what it means to him and to the prison. The men working with Ray Stewart and his staff are clearly very well motivated and getting a great deal from being involved. The prison itself and its range of work and activities is very impressive. Please pass on my thanks to everyone we met.”
And here’s what Governor Graham Beck said about MCF:
‘The MCF bicycle repair workshop offers a unique element of our establishment regime. Whilst other activities enable our men to learn new technical skills, and to improve employment prospects whilst serving their sentences, this workshop brings the added feature of teaching the men about outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. By subtly teaching the men the value of recycling old and unwanted goods, through honest work; and then offering them to people who genuinely need the machines to enable them to go about their daily lives, they gain a real understanding about the values of a compassionate society, and of course, the motivational boost that comes with helping others. I am hopeful that the combination of technical skill and knowledge, thinking skills associated with adapting knowledge and skills, along with the learning about community, society and lives of others, will bring real benefits to the lives and prospects of our men.
The workshop is a thriving environment with a sense of purpose and values. Our instructor is a dedicated and passionate teacher who communicates the mission of the Margaret Carey Foundation whilst delivering a key part of the establishment regime. I am grateful for the support of the MC Foundation for the work that went into the setting up of the workshop and the ongoing provision of stock, and assistance developing the programme.’
Bike Maintenance Training Session with the Shipley Team
John and Charles, two of the mechanics from the MCF Shipley shop held a bike maintenance training session at the Shipley & Saltaire Wellness Centre on Thursday 16 June.
A team from the Wellness Centre were taking on a 2 day Leeds-Liverpool canal cycle challenge in July and we went along to teach them some basic checks and maintenance skills to keep their bikes in good order, making sure they could complete their cycle challenge.
Whether you are an individual, just cycling for fun or health, or part of a group taking on a more serious cycle challenge if you are interested in learning some basic bike maintenance skills then get in touch!
Contact Helen Rowlands, Fundraising & Development Officer