Leading disability charity Enham Trust, based near Andover, has last week launched their newest addition to the physiotherapy team; an accessible bike.
The launch, held at the charity’s main site in Enham Alamein, saw customers, staff, and volunteers come together with key benefactors and local Councillors to learn more about the bike, and celebrate the personal achievements accomplished by the Trust’s customers with the bike.
The bike, which is fully accessible and adaptable for people with physical disabilities, was purchased by the charity and its physiotherapy partners, Hobbs Rehabilitation, after almost £11,500 worth of funds were raised last year, as a way of ensuring the Trust’s disabled customers can maintain their mobility and increase strength.
For many of the Trust’s customers, the accessible bike has given them a brand new source of exercise; some now able to experience the joy of riding a bike for the very first time!
Enham Trust customer Alex, who has Cerebral Palsy, last rode a bike 16 years ago, before getting on the accessible bike for the Trust’s launch event. She comments of the bike:
“I feel really tired, but really pleased with myself that I’ve done so many laps, and I feel that my legs are getting stronger; the bike is really helping me.”
Enham Trust currently supports over 8,500 disabled people across the country each year to gain choice, control and independence in the cornerstone areas of their lives; working with other organisations, and local authorities, to provide the most appropriate, personalised care & support to meet individual needs.