Biking charity to inject new lease of life for the disabled

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 June 2013

Mark Bowden.

Mark Bowden.

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A CHARITY in Worle is appealing for £50,000 to set up a biking club for people with disabilities.

Age-2-Age, based in Cromwell Drive, wants businesses to back a new club called In 2 Biking, which it is hoping to launch later this year.

The group is for people of all abilities, over the age of eight, and members will be able to join group cycles, meet new people, take part in competitions, training and learn new skills.

Age-2-Age is now applying for grants and appealing to businesses to sponsor the club, which will give disabled people a new lease of life.

Lin Thomas, who is spearheading the project for the charity, said: “It’s an exciting venture. There are groups already in Bath, Bristol and Cardiff but this will be the first in this area.

“There is definitely a demand for it and we are now looking for sponsors and volunteers to help with the sessions.”

The charity held a showcase on the @Worle site, in New Bristol Road, on Saturday and more than 30 families and carers attended to try out the specialist bikes.

The showcase was part of a feasibility study to gauge demand for the group and show people what bikes will be available to them.

Lin said: “The club will hold hour-long activity sessions based at @Worle where people can come for leisure and to meet new people.

“We will also be giving training and holding cycling proficiency courses.

“A lot of people with disabilities are quite isolated and there are not many opportunities for them to do things.

“It was lovely to see people’s faces when they tried out the bikes and saw what they could achieve.”

The charity is now applying for grants to enable it to set up the club.

Most of the money will be spent on specialist biking equipment, which can cost up to £5,000 per bike.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the club or finding out more can email Lin at info@age2age.org or call 07557 132680.

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