An innovative bike and trike recycling scheme started by a volunteer at Treetops Hospice Care in Derbyshire has raised over £10,000 for the charity.
The scheme was started in January 2019 by 65-year-old “Pushbike Paul” Wilcox. Paul collects bikes, trikes and mopeds of all sizes, ages and conditions from across the Derbyshire area, repairs and up-cycles them to then sell on, with the proceeds going to the hospice. He explains:
“I started volunteering for Treetops a couple of years ago, mainly at outdoor events and leaflet dropping, while at the same time repairing bikes to raise funds for a local church. Treetops helped create a “Bikes Wanted” leaflet and that’s when it really took off.
“This year, the scheme has raised over £10,000 for the hospice. It’s enjoyable work which keeps me occupied and I get to meet so many lovely people who are happy that either their old bike, or their donation, is going to such a worthwhile cause.
“It’s been far more successful than I ever anticipated so it’s been great to have extra help from a member of the Treetops Facilities Team, John Deaville. Any other volunteer help is welcome too and would help us to continue and expand the scheme even further.”
For more information visit Treetops Hospice Care