Big Bike Appeal

Can you support our big bike appeal for refugees in Islington?

Islington Giving and Yes Outdoors are launching a new appeal to provide refurbished bikes to refugees in Islington. 100% of your donation will cover the costs of refurbishment including mechanic time, helmets, locks and lights. The first £1,000 will also be matched by one of our partners, the Business Design Centre. All of Islington Giving’s staff and admin costs are generously covered by Cripplegate Foundation. 


Hundreds of Islington residents and families have generously offered to host over 300 Ukrainian individuals and families fleeing conflict in Ukraine. In addition to the support available from the government, local council and other local charities, Islington Giving and Yes Outdoors have joined forces to provide Islington-based refugees, including Ukrainian refugees with refurbished bikes. The aim is to provide these individuals and families with more independence, a means to explore the local area, and free transport. As a bonus, we will be giving old bikes a new life rather than being scrapped.  

How will it work?

Yes Outdoors has been given and / or retrieved over 50 bikes that were either abandoned or recovered by police in Islington during the pandemic. If we raise enough funds, Islington Giving can help YES Outdoors refurbish these bikes to make them roadworthy and give them a new home. Donations to Islington Giving will cover the costs of the mechanic’s time, helmets, locks and lights. The more we raise, the more bikes can be refurbished.  

How can you help? 

Can you donate funds to help make the bikes roadworthy and to purchase helmets, locks and lights for everyone receiving a bike?  

Or can you donate a child’s bike that you no longer need or want? We appreciate all the support you can give.  

Visit our Big Bike Appeal donation page, and Yes Outdoors’ page to donate a bike. 


I’m a host in Islington, how can I get a bike for the individual / family I am hosting?  

Please complete this short form to register your interest in a new bike and ensure that we can match your request to one of the refurbished bikes. If you have any questions about requesting a bike, please contact Yes Outdoors on

I’m a refugee being hosted in Islington; how can I request a bike? 

As above, please complete this short form, sharing a few details about your preferred bike. If you have any questions, please contact Yes Outdoors on 

I’m an Islington resident, how can I support this appeal? 

There are two ways to support this appeal:

  1. Donate funding to help us cover the costs of refurbishing the bikes.
  2. You can donate any children’s bikes that you no longer need or want. Please complete this short form or contact Lucy at Yes Outdoors on to donate a child’s bike. 

Where did the bikes come from?  

The bikes have been recovered from sites across North London, having been abandoned by their owners or recovered by police during the Covid pandemic.  

What bikes are available and when?  

A range of bikes are available, including ladies shopper bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes should be available by the end of June. 

Do you provide any additional support or training?  

To ensure maximum road safety and confidence, each recipient will have access to Islington Council’s Bikeability courses.