A national disability charity, United Response, is fundraising at West Bank Park Summer Fair in York on Sunday 26 June 2016, to buy an adapted tandem bike for a woman the charity supports.

United Response supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live the lives they choose.

Diana, who has autism, is assisted by her support worker, Janice Gamble, to use a hired adapted tandem bike and has found that cycling has changed her life.

Cycling has brought Diana great health benefits, increased social interaction and pleasure.

Diana enjoying a bike ride in the park with Janice

Diana cannot use an ordinary two-wheeled bike because she would be unable to balance. The adapted tandem bike allows her to cycle at ease alongside Janice.

Janice commented on the benefits of cycling:

“It’s all about inclusion really. Our bike rides in the park are always social. Diana isn’t a chatty person but she stops to talk to people when we’re out cycling. She was even telling the shop assistant in our local supermarket about it! It has enabled her to have greater involvement in her community.

“There is also an important health aspect – Diana has lost a considerable amount of weight since she started cycling. The activity is helping her stay fit and healthy.”

Diana said:

“I like riding the bike, the fresh air, meeting other people on bikes, stopping to take photos and having a picnic lunch.”

Hiring the bike at a cost of £15 per session prohibits the amount of time Diana can spend on the activity, which is why her support workers are determined to buy one.

United Response will be holding a raffle, tombola and games at the Summer Fair to raise funds to buy the bike, which will be used by Diana and anyone else they support in York who would like to give cycling a go.

They have some fantastic raffle prizes including an overnight stay, beauty treatments and entertainment passes for Diamonds Beauty and Spa. Other prizes include tickets for York Theatre Royal, Reel Cinema tickets, Sainsbury’s vouchers, a Morrison’s hamper, portraits by Rob Cook photography and more.

The raffle is part of an ongoing effort to raise funds for the adapted bike, which costs £4,000. So far, the charity has raised over £2,700 so it is on the final push!

To help United Response reach its fundraising goal, please visit: http://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/Appeal/york-adapted-bike-appeal

The West Bank Park Summer Fair takes place in Holgate on 26 June 2016 from 1-4pm. The United Response stand will have a banner and all staff will be wearing branded t-shirts, so come and say hello!


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