A group of people with disabilities and their families have raised cycled hundreds of miles to raise money for Warmley Wheelers, a cycling scheme that gives people with health conditions and supported needs the chance to ride a bike.
Nine people took part in this year’s Cycle Challenge, including Joni Pike, who has cerebral palsy and cycled 40 miles in a month using a hand bike from Warmley Wheelers.
Judith Gordon (pictured) cycled 1,000 miles during the Cycle Challenge in July, as a way of saying thank you to the group, which has allowed her 12-year-old son who has special needs to try out and ride a range of bikes so he can start to cycle independently.
Together, they have raised £3,000 for the scheme, which is run by the Bristol-based social care charity Milestones Trust.
Joni commented: “Cycling helped me and lots of other people who need additional support to get out and enjoy exercise, especially in the lockdowns of the last year or so. It is lovely to see different kinds of nature while out cycling. It helps a lot with mental health and is good for exercise and getting fit – a win-win situation.
“Warmley Wheelers have helped me so much over this year. They even helped to adapt my bike to make it more comfortable for me. This is my first-ever charity fundraiser and I’ve never done anything like this, so I am really proud of what I have done.”
The money raised by this year’s Cycle Challenge will go towards running the project and maintaining the fleet of adapted cycles.
Participants were invited to special celebration event and presented with a commemorative medal by Milestones Trust’s chief executive Hilary Crowhurst.
Speaking after the event, Hilary said: “Warmley Wheelers gives people a chance to get out and enjoy fresh air and exercise, to literally feel the wind in their hair, have a good time and to build confidence and independence. We are very grateful to the group’s volunteers and to this year’s riders – who are a real inspiration to all of us.”