Bike club is riding high

Wheels for All - Gail Tombs
Wheels for All - Gail Tombs
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A BIKE group for disabled people will have a new £4,000 vehicle added to its fleet after adventurous fundraisers set their sights high.

The Wheels For All club, based at Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre, offers out a number of modified bikes to give mentally and physically disabled youngsters the pleasure of riding a bike.

The club has 18 cycles and quad bikes and go carts - but desperately wanted the Velo-Plus bike, which is specifically designed for severely disabled people.

Now that dream has been made a reality thanks to staff from of Star House childrens centre, who trekked Yorkshire’s Three Peaks and raised £4,360 for the new bike.

More than 40 of the centre’s staff, which is in Featherstone, took part in the challenge earlier this year. Now that cash has finally been collected and handed over to the club.

Gail Tombs, club co-ordinator, said she was so grateful for their hard work.

She said: “The bike has been on the wish list for so long but we just couldn’t afford it.

“So it’s absolutely fantastic that we are able to buy one - it will mean so much to everyone who will get the chance to use it.”

And this was not the only three peaks challenge that raised cash for the bike - members of the Wakefield Wildcats Bootcamp club also got their walking boots on.

They completed the National Three Peaks Challenge earlier this year and raised £850 for the group. The challenge involves climbing Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis,

The bike will be purchased as soon as safe storage has been organised.

Havercroft Wheels for All has been running for over a year and is part of a national charity, which has 40 clubs around Britain.

It was launched in 1996 by Cycling Projects. Visit www.wheelsforallhavercroft.org for more information.