HALFORDS have launched a new scheme in which people can get rid of their old bikes while changing the life of somebody less fortunate.

The Ealing store is collecting second-hand bikes to give to charity, and customers who do so will receive 10% off a new one.

The store will be sending donated second-hand bikes to Africa as part of a partnership with the charity, Re-Cycle.

Millions of bikes sit unused up and down the country, but in impoverished areas of Africa they can be life-changing.

Bikes can be used by health workers to reach communities in need, children can use them to get to school and farmers can benefit as they can bring produce to and from market with greater ease.

Re-Cycle also educates people in the repair and maintenance of the cycles, providing employment and improving lives in a sustainable way.

Bikes most in demand are sturdy mountain machines for teenagers and adults, though all types are welcome if they are in reasonable condition.

Halfords are collecting second-hand bikes at branches nationwide until Monday, March 24. The Ealing store is at 68-69 The Mall, Ealing Broadway.

For more information on the scheme, visit: www.halfords.com/re-cycle