Old cycles recycled in school’s Africa project

Ribblesdale High School pupils refurbishing old bikes
Ribblesdale High School pupils refurbishing old bikes

It won’t just be the local visitor economy boosted by Stage Two of the Tour of Britain travelling through the Ribble Valley.

Thanks to an initiative by Clitheroe’s Ribblesdale High School, street children in Kenya will also benefit.

The bikes look fantastic and the youngsters are to be congratulated for their innovative and generous work

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst

The cycle race looks set to boost the local visitor economy by £3 million. But this doesn’t mean those less fortunate have been forgotten by local residents with Pendle Vale College at Nelson now following Ribblesdale High School’s lead to provide street children with a means of transport. They are recycling bikes and sending them to Glad’s House in Mombasa, Kenya, which provides education, health and social support to street children.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst explained: “Hosting the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain is one of the most significant projects to be undertaken by the council in its 40-year history, reflecting the ambitious and confident way in which we are promoting and developing the borough’s economic potential.

“The tens of thousands of spectators expected to descend on Ribble Valley and Pendle for Stage 2 of the Tour will bring significant benefits, and we anticipate an economic boost of around £3 million across the two boroughs.

“The refurbishment of mountain bikes by youngsters from Ribblesdale High School and Pendle Vale College for street children in Kenya is an particularly delightful legacy of Stage Two.”

He added: “The bikes look fantastic and the youngsters are to be congratulated for their innovative and generous work.”