Care home appeal to pay for specialist bike

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 September 2019

Staff and residents from Winash care home and North Somerset Council with the new bike.

Staff and residents from Winash care home and North Somerset Council with the new bike.

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A bike to enable elderly and disabled people enjoy cycling has been purchased by a care home in Clevedon.

The Cycling Without Age Trishaw bike was partly funded through North Somerset Council's sustainable travel grant scheme, which was awarded £3,000 towards the purchase.

The grants were funded through a successful bid to the Department for Transport's access fund for sustainable travel.

Winash Rest Home, in Albert Road, is delighted with the vehicle, which will also be available for people in the community to use.

Care home manger Heather House, said: "We are very excited for Winash to be the first organisation in North Somerset to have a Cycling without Age Trishaw.

"Our aim is to use the bike for the residents at Winash and offer it out to the older people who live in Clevedon to increase their emotional well-being and reduce social isolation.

"We also believe it will reduce reliance on cars and their impact on the environment.

"Our hope is that if this becomes popular that Clevedon could become a hub for more trishaws that will benefit our community."

The care home and North Somerset Council celebrated the new arrival with a free bike servicing event.

The council's executive members for transport, Cllr James Tonkin, and environment, Cllr Bridget Petty, attended.

Cllr Tonkin said: "This is a wonderful scheme and we are delighted that our sustainable travel grant funding is going to benefit not only the residents and staff of Winash Care Home but also the wider community of Clevedon."

Cllr Petty added: "The trishaw is a great example of how greener travel options can really bring people together and enable us to live happier healthier lifestyles.

"I hope more organisations will follow this example and look at how they can use grant funding to improve their sustainable travel provisions."

Winash is still fundraising to recoup their match-funding, and to cover insurance and maintenance costs of the trishaw bike.

To donate to the appeal, email info@winash.co.uk

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