Wheels come off bike retailer's charity scheme

Bike chain store Halfords has stopped a scheme designed to raise £80,000 for charity after it was alleged that employees were abusing the scheme to purchase stock at discount prices.

The initiative involved Halfords selling reject goods to employees at a discount to raise money for charity. But the company decided to end it after allegations were made that non-reject goods at the store’s Redditch branch were being included in the sale. A number of employees at the branch have since been sacked.

A Halfords spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident, but said that the company continued to “actively engage in charitable work and fundraising in the form of our charity of the year scheme”.

She added that the scheme encouraged staff from its stores and its head office to take part in fundraising activities.

The spokeswoman said it had so far raised £75,000 for the Meningitis Trust, Halford’s chosen charity for 2008.

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