Donate a bike

By donating your unwanted bike, you can help us provide more care for more people going through the most difficult times of their lives. On this page, you can find out which of our shops accept donated bikes and learn more about how our Sue Ryder Bicycle Workshop works.

Where can I donate old bikes near me?

Find out which of our charity shops can accept donated bikes in the full list below.

What happens to my donated bike?

Here at Sue Ryder, we are proud to share a focus on environmental and social responsibility issues. It’s why we started our partnership with the Ministry of Justice, which allows us to work with HM Prison Service on our Sue Ryder Bicycle Workshop - an initiative aiming to tackle environmental and social issues by converting unwanted bikes into great-value bikes.

All donated bikes go through this workshop, where they are checked, repaired (if required), serviced, and then signed off by a CYTECH-qualified instructor. Any bikes that are not suitable for repair will be broken into parts, which can then be used on other repairable bikes.

Together with HM Prison Service, we have created a purposeful working environment where prison inmates are encouraged to learn and achieve a qualification in bicycle mechanics. At the same time, we are also reducing waste by up-cycling or renovating donated bikes to sell in our shops.

Thank you to our existing partners for their support

Bikes from household waste recycling centres:

  • Biffa
  • Leicester City Council
  • Amey
  • FCC Environment
  • Veolia

Abandoned bikes at universities:

  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Cambridge
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • University of Loughborough

Other abandoned bikes:

  • Cambridge City Council
  • Bh2 Bournemouth
  • British Transport Police
  • George Hall Cycles
Logos of our bike partners from left to right: Row 1 - Biffa, Leicester City Council, Amey, FCC Environment, Veolia; Row 2 - University of East Anglia, University of Cambridge, De Montfort University
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