Life Cycle Derby

by Life Cycle in Derby, United Kingdom

Life Cycle Derby
We did it
On 6th December 2023 we successfully raised £41,095 ( + est. £2288.75 Gift Aid ) with 161 supporters in 14 days

Help expand our bike recycling workshop in Derby, grow our sustainability and give 150 refugees a free bike. Donations are TRIPLE MATCHED

by Life Cycle in Derby, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

UPDATE: We've reached our initial target of £40,000 thanks to your amazing support! Whilst this means our match funding has ended, you can still donate. Any donation you make now will help us reach our stretch target of £50,000.

With more resources we can further drive our development forward: 

- Increase resources at our weekly "Bike Kitchen" where refugees can get free repairs on their bikes to keep them running smoothly.

- Give accredited Level 2 Cycle Mechanic training to ALL our volunteers, including new recruits, to further grow our bike refurbishment capacity and quality standards. 

- Prepare our workshop training area to start accepting ex-offenders on work placements, to help them step towards paid employment in the cycle industry as mechanics. 

🚲 Background:

  • Life Cycle runs a bicycle recycling project in Derby, whose direct running costs are self-funded through our trading income.
  • This links to our award-winning training scheme that trains prisoners as accredited bike mechanics so they can get jobs on release.
  • We currently save 400 broken bikes a year in Derby from landfill with fixed bikes returning to the community at affordable prices. Some bikes are given free of charge to those most in need, such as a refugee surviving on as little as £6.50 per day.

🌟 Vision: 

With your support, we can grow our impact. We want to take on more workshop space, refurbish more bikes - and use this expansion to provide 150 more refugees in Derby with refurbished bikes, free of charge. These bikes will empower them with a means of safe, reliable, and cost-free transportation, enabling them to navigate their new lives with more ease.

🔧 Our Needs: 

We can't do it alone. We need your help to:

  • Cover the upfront costs to expand and refit our workshop space to allow this growth.
  • Buy more essential tools, workstands and equipment to fix up more bikes.
  • Support accredited bike mechanic training for more volunteers.

💪 Your Impact: 

We need to raise £40,000 to make this vision a reality. Your support will make a big impact by enabling us to expand the number of people we help. 

🌟 Triple Your Impact: 

Here's the incredible part: all individual pledges, up to £150, will be TRIPLE MATCHED by the Cost of Living Resilience Fund. This means if You donate £150, the Cost of Living Resilience Fund will donate another £450 - so Life Cycle gets £600! 

😊 Immediate Benefits:

Your donation today will help:

1. Expand our community work of providing discounted refurbished bikes and bike services to people on low income this winter. 

2. Provide free bikes to refugees, helping them escape transport poverty. 

🏢 Long-term Benefits

Your support will help us:

1. Expand our community bike workshop shop front by taking on the rent for the (newly vacant) unit next door to our existing small workshop.

2. Meet one-off costs to equip this bigger space with new tools and buy extra spare parts to fix more bikes. 

3. Equip an expanded 6-person "training area" where budding cycle mechanics can qualify to accredited standards. This will let us train more volunteers (to help fix more free bikes for refugees) AND sell more accredited training to the public, (to earn more income and increase our financial sustainability).

🌟 Be a Hero: Donate now and change lives with Life Cycle! 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£150 or more

1 x free refurbished bike (for a refugee)

Directly fund a free bike for a refugee. Your donation can help them get a safe, reliable free mode of transport that helps them regain their independence and freedom.

£50 or more

£50 off a bike service (for me)

Come to any Life Cycle workshop and redeem £50 off a bike service for your trusty steed - performed by one of our professionally qualified mechanics. Redeem before 31st March 2024.

£100 or more

£100 off a bike service (for me)

Come to any Life Cycle workshop and redeem £100 off a bike service for your trusty steed - performed by one of our professionally qualified mechanics. Redeem before 31st March 2024.

£150 or more

£150 off a refurbished bike (for me)

Come to any Life Cycle workshop and redeem £150 off a bike of your choice - all fully refurbished, professionally checked and with a 30 day no quibble guarantee!

£330 or more

City & Guilds Level 1 - Bike Mechanic course

For budding bike mechanics: a place on a City & Guilds accredited cycle mechanics course with Life Cycle at our professionally equipped training workshop.

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