Happy Days Cycles Rough Ride Raising Money for the Homeless

Happy Days Cycles and Cafe are raising money once again this February for Happy Days Homeless Charity.

Last year the ride was a real eye opener, with riders spending a lot of time riding and outside, but in the middle of winter, and in town centres with all that’s going on, the noise, the animals (think rats!), and the weather made it an intense experience.

All those taking part slept well the weekend it finished!. Despite having warm showers and meals each night it was still a huge struggle coping with everything going on. To be in that situation and not be able to get out of it, not have the support, the warm meals, the fresh dry kit is quite unthinkable.

The group will set off from Halifax and cover the length and breadth of the North of England, stopping at York, South Shields, Carlisle and Morecambe before arriving back in Sowerby Bridge on Friday, February 8 for a sleep out at Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club.

Cycling up to 80 miles a day, the team will be sleeping rough at every location, replicating the plight of the homelessness in the North of England in a bid to raise awareness and funding.

Last year’s ride from London to Halifax saw more than £10,000 pounds raised for good causes in the area.

Happy Days Ministries is based in Sowerby Bridge and provides essential services to those suffering from homelessness and addiction in the area.

As well as these services, its social enterprises include a cycling shop, a cafe and a building company.

Happy Days also operates one of the 60 Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries throughout the county, a scheme launched by Welcome to Yorkshire as a legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire designed to give every child in Yorkshire an opportunity to borrow and ride a bike for free.

Dave Fawcett, CEO of Happy Days, said: “Last year we managed to raise over £10,000 and we want to go even bigger and better this year. If you’re a keen cyclist and want to get involved, we always have space available and we’d love to hear from you. Hopefully doing this ride will once again resonate with people and we can raise some much needed funds to help people off the streets”.

The rough ride starts on Monday 4 February but spaces are limited so for more information email Angela@happydaysuk.org for any details.

Charity Football Match Raises Money for Happy Days Homeless Charity

Thanks to everyone who played and donated in the charity football match at Natty Lane field on Boxing Day supported by Illingworth Moor Methodist Church.

£87 was raised for the  Happy Days  Homeless Charity.

A Reet Yorkshire Quiz Supporting Happydays Homeless Charity

Happydays UK invite you to a fun-filled evening on Friday 18 May, 7:30pm-9:30pm at Hollins Mill, Sowerby Bridge to take part in a Great Yorkshire Quiz.

Teams of up to 4. Full bar facilities.

Tickets are £5 pp supper included and can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the HappyDays Cafe.

Proceeds to the ongoing support of the homeless in the Calder Valley.

Rough Ride Gravel Challenge in Aid of Happy Days Homeless Charity

Happy Days logoAdvance warning of a cycling challenge taking place on Saturday 14 July. Starting from the Happy Days Cycles and Cafe, Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge this is a fully self supported gravel event around Huddersfield. Using tracks and quiet lanes, the route has roughly 10,000ft of climbing, 90 miles in length and is a real test. (Better start training now!)

There are no feed zones, no sign posts, you are on your own. There is a GPS track for all riders which will be sent out before the start.

The route uses high, exposed moorland, valley bottoms and everything inbetween. Suitable for gravel bikes and hardtail MTB’s. The route is roughly 50/50 road/offroad
Free tea/instant coffee at start and finish, plus a free pasta dish at the finish.


Suggested donation is £10 and you can register with Eventbrite.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Happy Days Cycles and Cafe

Happy Days Cycles and Cafe in Sowerby Bridge welcome volunteers who can help with the bicycle shop, cafe and workshop in a variety of roles including:

  • Shop floor assistants
  • Barristas
  • Bike Mechanics
  • General Assistants

If you think that you could help in any of these areas then please contact the store or get in touch with the project manager Angela by emailing admin@happydaysuk.org

Happy Days is a social enterprise that really makes a difference. Recycling donated bikes and selling them with funds going to assist the homeless.

Calderdale Rocks!

A new Calderdale Rock and Decorating Workshop at Happy Days Cycles and Cafe on Thursday 5 April, 1:00pm-3:30pm. 

Create your own design on a rock. Write Calderdale rocks on the back. Take a picture of it then take it away and hide it.

Join Calderdale Rock Facebook and keep checking to see if it has been found. Check out Calderdale Rocks Facebook page for more detail. Link it in with Easter and make Easter designs.

Great way to get kids to go for a walk. All ages welcome.

Happy Days Cycles is a social enterprise raising money to support our Community Living schemes, which provide supported accommodation for people who have been homeless or are at risk. They sell, repair and service bikes and run a super cafe.


Christmas Concert in Aid of Memory Lane Cafe and Happydays Homeless Charity

The Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge will be holding a Christmas Concert on Friday 1 December 2017 6pm-9pm at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ.

For just £5, which includes festive refreshments there will be many styles of music from jazz to ‘barbershop’. Calder Valley Voices will also be performing.

All of this to support the Memory Lane Cafe and Happydays Homeless charity.

Tickets can be obtained from June on 01422 706373, Shabir on 07866 369916 or call into the Happydays Cafe & Cycle shop on Town Hall Street HX6 2EA.