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Adapted Cycling Sessions

by Martine Walters in Worthing, England, United Kingdom

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We are raising money to buy a Van Raam Side By Side Trike. We will use the 2 seater trike for people living with Dementia.

by Martine Walters in Worthing, England, United Kingdom


CYCALL is a run by a dedicated team of volunteers and is an organisation which offers adapted cycling sessions for people with a wide range of disabilities including learning and physical difficulties.  We also work with people living with Dementia and their friends and families.  We run our adapted cycling sessions at Brooklands Park, Worthing.   This is an ideal space to use as it allows our participants to engage with nature which research has found is very beneficial to people living with Dementia and their carers.  It is also a safe space which is Dementia friendly.  People living with Dementia and their family, friends and carers often experience social isolation and loneliness.  Our adapted cycling sessions are about more than just cycling and offer opportunities for valuable social interaction and making human connections.  For anyone who finds themselves socially isolated due to age, illness or disability CYCALL will also provide a 'buddy rider' to offer a safe and supported ride.

Four shocking statistics behind social isolation

  • Lacking social connections can damage a person’s health as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
  • Loneliness can increase one’s risk of developing certain diseases, such as dementia
  • Social isolation and loneliness presents one of the biggest health and social care challenges of the 21st century, increasing one’s risk of dying by 29 per cent.
  • Half a million of older people do not see or speak to anyone for more than six days a week. (Alzheimers UK)

Our Project

We  are raising funds to buy a Van Raam side by side 'Fun To Go' Side by Side trike.  The trike has many accessibility features including rotatable seats, 5 point harness, optional footplates and freewheel.  The side by side trike promotes social interaction between the 'pilot' and the passenger.  It has a 'Fun Train' which attaches on to the back and turns the trike into a 4 seater which is perfect for an inclusive cycle ride for the whole family.  We work very closely with local Dementia support organisations.

Our fundraising so far...

We have been busy this Summer attending Car Boot Sales, Carnivals, Worthing Pride and De-clutter Sales to raise funds towards the bike.

The Last Word...

We took a lovely chap along the beautiful coastal path at Lancing.  He had advanced Dementia and his wife said he had been a keen cyclist.  We were able to take both of them for a beautiful seaside jaunt along the prom. He straight away remembered how to cycle and was ringing his bell and waving to everyone.  At the end of his little trip he said;  " That was the best time ever.....can we go in the sunshine again tomorrow".  Up until then he had been refusing to even leave the house.

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