HMP Hewell in Tardebigge is taking part in a new programme which will see prisoners repair and recycle bikes for hospital staff.

The scheme, named ‘Lifecycle project’ will aim to refurbish around 900 bikes to distribute to hospital staff and disadvantaged children across England.

The first delivery of donated bikes into the prison is due to made later this month with the first delivery of bikes being made to keyworkers from the end of November.

Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Equipping prisoners with the skills to help secure a job upon release is vital to enabling them to turn their lives around, providing them with a purpose,

“The Lifecycle project is a terrific scheme, providing skills in demand, and recognising the doctors, nurses and other key workers who have been the heroes of our pandemic response.”

Governor of HMP Hewell Ralph Lubkowski, said: “This is a great opportunity for all of the prisoners at our repair shop. It helps them gain experience and pick up valuable skills which are very well respected on the job market and will be a very positive addition to our Pathways to Employment strategy here at Hewell.

Prisoners will receive specialist training via the scheme, achieving the City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 in bike maintenance once complete.