Wheely good time had at hospice bike demo event
St Wilfrid’s Hospice invited Wheels for All Eastbourne in to showcase their range of accessible bikes.
Wheels for All is a national charity which aims to open up cycling to everybody, including those with disabilities. They offer a range of specially adapted cycles and trikes to ensure anyone can enjoy the sport, and these include bikes capable of carrying a wheelchair, hand cycles and tandem bikes, where a passenger with disabilities can enjoy the experience of cycling without pedalling.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice staff, volunteers, patients, carers and visitors to the café enjoyed learning more about the bikes and trying them out in the car park and garden.
Kathryn Sutter, St Wilfrid’s Hospice Community Engagement Navigator, said: ‘We have a Living Well Hub and encourage people to stay active and try different things, so this was a great way to do that. It was actually a patient who suggested the visit as the accessible bikes have helped him to keep active. There was a lot of laughter as people were taken around on bikes by the wonderful Wheels for All staff and volunteers, and we’re very grateful to everyone who gave up their time to run the event.’
Peter Bryant from Wheels for All said: ‘Wheels for All allows everyone to experience the feeling of freedom. To feel the breeze on their face, and the sense of achievement that comes with inclusive cycling, is priceless. Our staff and volunteers have the knowledge and confidence to ensure that all participants get the most out of their time with us and we were pleased to team up with St Wilfrid’s Hospice to showcase our different bikes.’