ROTARIANS collected dozens of unwanted bicycles for a charity which puts them to good use.

The Rotary Club of Crook teamed up with the charity recyke-Y-byke for an environmental initiative which resulted in 45 bikes being collected and recycled.

The charity accepts donations of unwanted bikes and has them repaired by a team of mechanics.

They are then sold at shops in Durham and Byker, Newcastle, to fund its charitable activities.

From its sales it sends 500 bikes a year to development projects in Kenya and Gambia.

It also donates bikes to refugees and asylum seekers.

The Crook club appealed to the community for donations in the first half of the year and was overwhelmed by the response.

MariaLuisa Massagli-Gallagher, president elect of Crook Rotary, said: "We would wish to thank you, the public, for your support of this club environmental project."