A PROJECT that aims to encourage workplace volunteering has launched a bike amnesty.

Members of Darlington Cares, which was launched last year, travelled around the region collecting old and unwanted bicycles on Tuesday (April 30).

They have been given to Darlington charity Bike Stop, which offers bicycle repairs and maintenance.

Launched last year, Bike Stop works with homelessness charity First Stop Darlington.

Katie Blundell, programme manager for Darlington Cares, said 15 bikes were collected, having been donated by businesses that have signed up to Cares, including Teesside University, Cummins and EE.

Darlington Cares is a collective of private and public sector employers, including Darlington Borough Council and Newsquest, which publishes The Northern Echo.

Volunteers from Cummins will visit Bike Stop, in Skinnergate, on Wednesday (May 1), to help prepare the bicycles for restoration.

For more information, visit darlingtoncares.co.uk