This is an archived press release
Friday 11 October 2013
Charity fundraisers gathered at the Peak District National Park's Parsley Hay cycle hire centre to present a £1,500 tandem trike that will help people with disabilities to get mobile.
The tandem trike was the fruition of two years' fundraising effort started by Buxton-based Jenny Crookes, a carer for 26-year-old Nic Gregory.
"Nic couldn't otherwise experience cycling, and I knew he would get so much out of it," said Jenny. "I have a son with special needs myself – he learned to ride a bike and it made a big difference to his life.
"The trike will not only be for Nic's use – it will be available for anyone with disabilities and their carers to hire at Parsley Hay. It's ideally situated for the High Peak and Tissington trails that are safe and traffic-free."
Nic's mother, Liz, thanked Jenny for her efforts: "Nic loves being outside in the fresh air and this will be another adventure for him," she said. "He already likes walking in the countryside and the trike will help improve his co-ordination and confidence."
The tandem trike will be put to good use as part of Peak Park Pedals guided bike rides which help people with a range of health problems to experience cycling in the national park. They are an extension of Peak Park Leisure Walks, with whom Nic has been a walker for many years. Organised by the National Park Ranger Service, both projects help people who need support to get out into the countryside.
Jenny gave special thanks for fundraising and support to the Buxton and District Lions Club, Buxton's Capricorn Hair Studios (who sold jam to raise money), Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men, St Peter's C of E Church Fairfield, and the High Peak Mayoral Charity Fund.
She also thanked the trike's suppliers, Bikes Not Barriers of York, for their guidance.
Parsley Hay cycle hire centre has a range of adapted cycles for people with limited mobility. To hire the tandem trike, call the centre on 01298 84493.