Paralympics comes to town

Lewis & Thomas Bowling, Joseph Morris, Gayle Tombs, Andy Morris, Jack Bowling, Chris Rush, Sarah Pearce, Denise Daykin, Matthe Daykin
Lewis & Thomas Bowling, Joseph Morris, Gayle Tombs, Andy Morris, Jack Bowling, Chris Rush, Sarah Pearce, Denise Daykin, Matthe Daykin
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WITH preparation for the paralympics in full swing it raises awareness that being disabled does not mean people cannot enjoy and excel in sports.

And that is what the Wheels for All club, based at Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre is all about.

It offers out a number of modified bike to give mentally and physically disabled youngsters the pleasure of riding a bike.

The club has 18 bikes - single, quad or go cart - and has recently been given £4,000 to purchase a Velo-Plus bike - designed for severely disabled people.

This was given by staff and service users of Star House Care Home in Featherstone after completing a sponsored walk.

Gail Tombs, club co-ordinator, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic and I am so grateful to them for giving us so much money.

“It means so much to the club that they get to have fun on the bikes and now with this new addition, it will mean more people can come and use the club.”

She hopes the chair will be up and running by early autumn.

Despite the chair being a great addition to the club, they are having difficulty storing the bikes.

Mrs Tombs said: “If anyone can offer somewhere to help store the bikes or donate money so we can buy premises for them, then that would be fantastic.”

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.

The centre also runs the Mulberry Club - an activity group for children with special needs that offers a skate park, a pool table and a ping-pong table.

It runs every Monday evening during term time.

The junior group for seven to 11-year-olds runs from 6pm to 7pm and the senior club for 12 to 19-year-olds runs between 7pm and 8pm.

For more information, or to donate/sponsor the group, contact Mrs Tombs on 07762 018 136.