A client of leading Hampshire-based disability charity Enham Trust has recently realised his New Year’s resolution; to cycle 10Km during the month of January to raise funds for the charity that has supported him for over 20 years.
40 year old Ed, who has Cerebral Palsy and has lived in one of Enham Trust’s 24 hour care homes for 2 decades, had never taken on a challenge like this before – having only cycled for the first time last year, thanks to an accessible bike day trialled by the Trust and Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy partners Hobbs Rehabilitation – and wanted to do something to help the charity.
Cycling 5 times a week during each week of January, on a specially adapted bike provided by Hobbs, Ed hoped to raise £500 for the charity, but so far has managed to raise an impressive £1500 – tripling his original target!
“I see no other wheelchair users doing a bike-riding challenge like this. Raising funds for Enham Trust is important because I like to give support to other disabled people; for example, by helping on some of the Trust’s advisory boards. My family have also helped me and have been of great support. They are impressed with what I’ve been able to accomplish so far this year. Hobbs Physiotherapy provided me with the opportunity to use their stationary bikes every day which without them, this challenge couldn’t go ahead. I’m glad I can lead the way for other disabled people to do their own challenges.”
All funds raised will go towards the charity’s vital cause – supporting over 7,500 disabled and disadvantaged people each year across the country to live as independently as possible.
To donate to Ed’s challenge, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EdVilla
For more information about Enham Trust, please visit: www.enhamtrust.org.uk