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Cathay Care Home residents get out and about on adapted bikes in Outfit Moray session


By Lorna Thompson

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FORRES care home residents were geared up for a supported cycling session last week.

Lossiemouth's Outfit Moray's Bike Revolution delivery team took some of their adapted bikes along to Cathay Care Home last Friday, November 12, following a social media appeal from staff.

The outdoor adventure and education charity is keen to make cycling accessible for more people, young and old.

It has been able to expand its fleet of adapted bikes – including a wheelchair bike – thanks to funding from MFR Cash for Kids.

The cash has gone towards the creation of an outreach programme for accessible cycling with local schools and care homes.

Bike Revolution delivery project leader Donna Brown said: "We now have a large fleet of adapted bikes which we have been using in the ASN departments in local schools, providing cycling opportunities for young people with additional cycling needs.

"These All Ability Cycling (ABC) sessions have become very popular with the schools and their pupils."

Mo enjoys a ride on the trike with Jemma cycling at Outfit Moray's session at Cathay Care Home, in Forres. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Mo enjoys a ride on the trike with Jemma cycling at Outfit Moray's session at Cathay Care Home, in Forres. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Etta on an Outfit Moray hand bike at Cathay Care Home, in Forres. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Etta on an Outfit Moray hand bike at Cathay Care Home, in Forres. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

Following on from the success of the ABC sessions, the Bike Revolution team offered sessions in Cooper Park, with families able to book a cycling experience around the park's tracks and paths.

Instructor Iain Bamber said: "I saw a post on Cathay Care Home's Facebook page and knew they would love our adapted bikes, having seen the reaction of the older people who had tried them in Cooper Park.

"I took along our rickshaw, hand bike, adapted trike and wheelchair bike and was there for two hours, with both residents and staff using the bikes.

"It was fantastic to see their smiles and reactions when they got to enjoy cycling along the local roads."

Cathay Care Home activity co-ordinators, Jemma and Shannen, said: "We are thankful Iain got in touch with us.

"It's great to see the residents enjoying themselves, getting outdoors whatever the weather and bringing back memories for them.

"Working with Outfit Moray's Bike Revolution delivery team is helping us to promote wellbeing and exercise but, most importantly, fun. We look forward to our next session in the future."

To book a Bike Revolution All Ability Cycling session contact Donna Brown, or to book an ABC session in Cooper Park visit events.outfitmoray.com.


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