If you’re lucky enough to find a brand new bike under your Christmas tree, don’t let your old one go to waste – why not donate it to Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries so someone else can benefit from it?

The award-winning Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme has one simple aim: to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, for free.

The project asks for anyone with an old or unwanted bike to hand them in at one of 62 donation stations across the county.

The bikes are repaired if necessary and then made available to borrow completely free of charge from one of the bike libraries all over Yorkshire.

So, if Father Christmas brought you or someone you know a bike this year, make someone else’s year by donating your old one to the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme.

On 12th December the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme celebrated its third birthday – and in the short time since it launched it’s gone from strength to strength – with over 60 donation stations and almost 50 bike libraries in place.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s amazing that the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme benefits so many children across the county. But what’s just as fantastic to see is how many generous Yorkshire people have got behind the project and donated a bike.

“So far, over 5,500 bikes have been donated which is incredible – thank you to everyone who has got involved. I’m sure there will be lots of lucky children finding a new bike under the Christmas tree this year. Don’t let your old bike go to waste – let someone new love your old bike!”

Helen Page, Group Innovation & Marketing Director at Yorkshire Bank, said: “It is so inspiring to see what the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries has achieved in these three years and we are determined to keep momentum moving into 2018.

“We would not have been able to achieve what we have without the fantastic support from the local communities within Yorkshire and ask that people continue to support the project this Christmas.”

The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme became the first UK project to win a Peace and Sport Award last week at a ceremony in Monaco.