Leading disability charity, Enham Trust has received a £5,000 donation from Cycling UK, the national cycling charity. The donation has been specifically gifted to the charity to purchase an accessible bike for those accessing Enham Trust’s services.
The bikes allow individuals with disabilities to experience cycling. It gives them a unique experience to keep fit and maintain mobility, strength, fitness, and wellbeing but most importantly provides a chance to get out in the fresh air and have some fun! For some of the clients it was their first experience of using a bike.
The donation surfaced after four individuals under Enham Trust’s care were invited to have a go on the accessible bikes at Alice Holt Forest, courtesy of Cycling UK.
The four participants went to Alice Holt accompanied by their therapists from Hobbs Rehabilitation, who work with Enham Trust to provide specialist neurological therapy services.
Lizzie Udy, specialist physiotherapist at Hobbs, said: “We have had a great time cycling on the four visits we made to Alice Holt. The volunteer staff were really helpful, friendly and good at putting their heads together to work out how participants could be helped to use the different bikes available.
“We started to build relationships with some of the other cyclists and their carers which made it social and fun, as well as exercise.
“We’re really excited to be purchasing an accessible bike for Enham Trust. It will be of such benefit for those under Enham Trust’s care to have access to a bike. Not only to keep fit, but to have some fun and to get outside, and improve their long term lifestyle choices! We’re extremely thankful to Cycling UK for the generous donation and the great few weeks we had there testing the bikes.”
Enham Trust works with 7,500 individuals a year to build independence and provide choice and skills development.
“Cycling UK are pleased to be able to support Enham Trust to purchase their own adapted cycle,” comments Andrew Chapman, Cycling Development Officer Hampshire for Cycling UK. “Having an adapted cycle on site will allow residents permanent access to cycling for both recreational and rehabilitation purposes. Hopefully this will be the first of many bikes for Enham Trust to sustain cycling opportunities for their residents.”
More information about Enham Trust can be found at: www.enhamtrust.org.uk
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