Ukrainian Refugee Appeal

With the generous support of Islington Giving and Business Design Centre.

The Big Bike Appeal

Islington Giving and YES Outdoors launched a new appeal in June 2022, to provide refurbished bikes to refugees in Islington.  Together, we raised £2,000 and we were able to support 36 refugees locally, as well as giving 36 old bikes a new lease of life.  Each bike also came with a helmet, lock and lights.

The Business Design Centre joined the appeal as a our local matched funding partner, which helped double the impact of your support


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 did it work?

YES Outdoors were given or retrived old and abdnoned bikes across Islington. In discussion with Islington Giving and local groups, we decided we could find great new homes for these bikes with refugees being hosted in Islington.  As a result, Islington Giving launched a fundraising appeal and worked with the Busines Design Centre, raising £2,000.

100% of the donations received were spent on the costs of a mechanic’s time, helmets, locks and lights.