2015 MCF Bikes Headed For Gambia December 2015 Wirral-based Pioneer People work tirelessly to bring bikes refurbished in MCF prison workshops to people in rural Africa, where a bike gives priceless access to economic, health and cultural facilities which would otherwise be beyond their reach. This week Pioneer People’s third container headed to The Gambia, loaded with refurbished bikes and spare parts from HMP Nottingham. This year they have also sent the first 100 bikes to rural Kenya, with 100 more to follow in January 2016. Great work, Pioneer People, we’re proud to support you! Recycle That Bicycle: Over 75 Bikes Collected September 2015 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 by trainees in our prison workshops. Thanks Ilkley Wharfdale Rotarians and thanks Ilkley! MCF works with 20 Rotary Clubs who support us in a range of different ways, but particularly by bike collections. If your Rotary Club would like to find out more about the work MCF does in prisons and the community, get in touch with Helen, HMP Liverpool Delivers it's 5000th Bike May 2015 Upstairs to the MCF Bike Workshop at HMP Liverpool, where we’ve been training prisoners in bike mechanics for nearly 15 years via the Inside Out Trust and then MCF. 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. Follow MCF on Facebook and @MCFworkshops on Twitter for the latest news, and details of our great bike sales. New Community Project Launched February 2015 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 more people to experience the joys of cycling. This project is funded through the Foundation Board – Incommunities’ charitable arm – and the Margaret Carey Foundation. Experts were on hand to repair bikes, give top maintenance tips and receive donations of unwanted bikes which they could rehome. Free bike lights, and mudguards were also given out. The Bikery is supported by the Swan Project which runs free courses and activities to promote the well-being of local people. Anthony Thomson from The Bikery said “The free event was a fantastic success and a great start for The Bikery. We’re excited to be launching more activities over the coming months and we’re offering FREE bike maintenance training now – just get in touch”.