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Help to put Lifecycle UK Bike Back Project in the spotlight!


Bike Back is appealing for local votes as it strives for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

Vote now at before 20th July 2016.

Lottery Award flyer - scannedThe project beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Bike Back is competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner of the Environment category. Winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will each get a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony in London, broadcast on BBC One in September.

Bike Back is a recycling project, run by Life Cycle UK, which transforms the lives of prisoners through the refurbishment of unwanted bicycles. Donated bikes are restored by inmates at a workshop in Bristol Prison where they learn new skills and gain City & Guilds qualifications. The bikes are sold on at affordable prices to people on low incomes living in the city.

Ed Norton of Life Cycle UK says winning the prestigious National Lottery Award and having their work showcased on national television would be an honour:

“It’s great news that the project has reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards. National Lottery funding has helped us save over 1,200 broken and unwanted bikes from landfill by refurbishing and selling them at affordable prices to people on low incomes. Over 200 prisoners at HMP Bristol have learned new skills and gained useful qualifications in the workshops. It’s easy to vote, so we’re hoping people back us and help us win national recognition.”

TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the sixth time this year. He says:

Students with BB bikes“The National Lottery Awards are a great way to shine a spotlight on outstanding lottery-funded projects. Now in their 13th year, the Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers that run incredible life changing Lottery-funded projects for the benefit of their communities and the people who live in them.

“Your local project has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support because the project with the most votes in each category will be crowned the winner.

“Projects receive funding thanks to National Lottery players who raise £36 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK such as Bike Back.”

How to support Bike Back!

bike backTo vote for Bike Back, please go to or telephone 0844 836 9679 and follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.

Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday 22 June until midnight on Wednesday 20 July.

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.

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