YOUNG people in care have spread goodwill and cheer to nursery children with some very special gifts.

Thanks to teenagers living in Kibble, children at Arnwood Nursery are set to enjoy a special Boxing Day this year, playing with a bike of their own.

A total of 27 bikes were saved from a council recycling centre and restored to use before being donated to the children, all aged between three and five years old, as Christmas presents.

Mark Robertson, depute head teacher at KibbleWorks, said: “It’s fantastic to see the work of our young people having a direct, positive impact on the community, and we’re really pleased that the children at Arnwood Nursery will get good use out of the bikes.

"The young people really enjoy getting the chance to take a scrapped item and bring it back to life, allowing the children at the nursery to enjoy something that would have otherwise been left behind.

"Cycling is an excellent way for people to stay active, and we’re proud of the work we do to help families to have fun together through our community bike shop and donations."

As part of Kibble’s social enterprise KibbleWorks, disused bikes are collected from local council amenities sites, before being repaired and brought back to life for further use.

Young people at KibbleWorks are provided with skills and support to improve their job prospects through an integrated programme of vocational training and work placements.

Earlier this year young people at KibbleWorks donated 45 bikes to Saint Vincent’s Hospice, which were sold on as part of a fundraising project.

They have donated 174 in total over the last year.

In addition to donating the restored bikes, KibbleWorks sells them on at heavily discounted prices to low income families, with more than 250 bikes sold so far.

Sandra Robertson, head teacher at Arnwood Nursery, said: "This is a welcome donation from Kibble and shows the spirit of Christmas.

"It reaches out to our local community and brings a little extra magic to families at a time of year, which can prove difficult.

"We’re sure our children are going to have great fun on the bikes."

Kibble Group is a specialist provider of services for young people at-risk.

Through its integrated services it empowers young people to move forward and enjoy healthy, happy and fulfilled lives.

Services provided include residential care, education, secure care, specialist intervention services, intensive fostering services, young workforce development, outreach, and preventative and rehabilitative community services.