23.02.16 - Mick gets on his Bike for Northamptonshire Police Initiative
At the back end of 2015, Northamptonshire Police initiated project ‘Cycl-opps’, a campaign aimed at young offenders, giving them the opportunity to learn basic bike repair techniques with the intention of learning new skills to boost future employment prospects.
The bikes all underwent refurbishment from a Workshop in Moulton Park before going on sale pre Christmas from the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton. The self funded project managed to raise a commendable £1193 for the head injury charity, Headway Northampton.
The on-going campaign which currently relies on redundant bicycles which have either been recovered or seized by Northamptonshire police and for whom the owner cannot be traced has been given a timely helping hand from local business Mick George Ltd.
Inspector Dina Sunderland, Northamptonshire Police said: ‘’We are delighted with the support that Mick George Ltd are giving to the Cycl-opps project. We look forward to working together with them to recycle these bikes and create opportunities around this to help the people of Northamptonshire.‘’
The construction business which provides Commercial Waste and Skip services to the region will be donating all bikes that it receives at any of its waste transfer stations to the Police to enable longevity of the project and increased funding.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’This initiative is one that has multiple positive facets. Not only are young people learning new skills, but charities are receiving extra funding and perfectly good bicycles that would otherwise be destroyed now have a new home. It was a no brainer for us to get involved.’’
Stump continued: ‘’We have worked alongside Northamptonshire Police and County Council previously and have always held a good working relationship, so it’s a pleasure to be associated once more.’’