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Charity seeks to provide 'wheels for all' centre

Charity seeks to provide 'wheels for all' centre

Sunday 15 September 2019

Charity seeks to provide 'wheels for all' centre


A local disability charity is hoping to launch a 'Wheels for All' centre featuring specially adapted cycles allowing islanders of all abilities to get in the saddle.

As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, Enable Jersey has organised a free festival at Les Quennevais Sports Centre on Saturday 12 October from 11:00 to 15:00.

If the event proves popular and further funding can be secured, Enable Jersey and Jersey Sport hope to establish a permanent base equipped with specially adapted cycles and trained volunteers.

This, the charity says, would provide people of all abilities with more opportunity to regularly enjoy the benefits of cycling, either independently or as part of a group. 

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Pictured: The charity hopes the festival will be the precursor to the creation of a 'Wheels for All' centre.

The "Wheels for All" initiative is the result of a partnership with Move More Jersey - a branch of Jersey Sport aiming to make physical activity more accessible for islanders. 

"We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Jersey Sport and to be sponsoring such an inclusive, family event," said Clair Cousins, Chairperson at Enable Jersey.

"The benefits of cycling for the disabled are just the same as for the able-bodied. It’s fun, gives independent mobility, enables social connections and promotes physical and mental well-being. People living with a disability need more opportunities to enjoy an active life and to access everything that our island has to offer."

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Pictured: The disability charity is partnering with Jersey Sport, led by Move More Jersey Manager Cirsty de Gruchy.

Cirsty de Gruchy, Move More Jersey Manager at Jersey Sport, added: "We are extremely grateful to Enable Jersey for their sponsorship which means we can run the Wheels For All cycling festival. This means that we have the opportunity to showcase the potential and need for a Wheels For All Centre on island to give the opportunity for more people to get on their bike and move more – no matter what their ability.

"This is just another example of Move More Jersey in action working with a key partner to get more islanders, more active, more often."

Pictured top: An example of an adapted cycle. (Enable Jersey/Move More Jersey)

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