St John's celebrates bike donation launch with jet-setting competition

Sue Ryder St John's bike donation

To celebrate the launch of our new bicycle donation drop off points around Luton everyone who donates their old bike at one of our five locations this January will be in with the chance of winning a return flight, courtesy of Luton Airport.

You have until 30th January 2016 to donate your bike and be placed in a draw for return flights, so get involved today!

Please note: this competition has now closed.

How bicycle refurbishment helps us

By donating your old bike you’re offering support for the incredible care we deliver to those access end of life services across the local area.

The average resale value of an adult bike sold through one of our charity shops is £45, with children’s bikes averaging £15. Through a regular supply of bikes we can move closer to achieving the £250,000 target we need to keep our doors open and our services operating every month.

Get involved by donating your bike to:
  • Lewsey Community Centre
    Landrace Road, Luton, LU4 0SW: Monday to Friday 9am - 10pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm
  • Chaul End Community Centre
    15 Dunstable Road, Luton LU4 8QN: Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm and Saturday 9pm – 12pm
  • Holiday Inn Luton Airport
  • Sue Ryder Shop Bedford
    35-37 Ampthill Road, MK42 9JP: Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm
  • Luton Town Football Club
    Stadium Car Park, Maple Road East, LU4 8AD - Thursdays 9am – 5pm

How the scheme works

As part of our Prison Volunteer Programme (PVP) the prison’s cycle repair workshop was taken over by Sue Ryder in October 2014. At the beginning there were up to eight full time prisoners obtaining a ‘NVQ level 2’ bicycle maintenance qualifications. The workshop has since grown and developed with investment from the Prison Governor, and now offers training for 18 men who are able to perform 200 cycle repairs and refurbishments per week.

As well as boosting the number of bikes we can sell through shops, this scheme provides prisoners with the opportunity to develop new skills that can be used through employment upon their release from prison. Read more about our PVP scheme.