Special cycle day to help get older people out and about
A fundraiser for a Cornton care home’s transport initiative for residents will take place in Stirling next week.
Wallace View Nursing Home hopes to take residents into Stirling City Centre under the Cycling Without Age scheme which aims to help get older people out and about.
Earlier this year Wallace View residents saw for themselves one of the trishaw (cycle rickshaw) bikes in operation. Each trishaw costs £7600 and comes with an annual fee of £100.
A 70s/80s night fundraiser for a trishaw for the home will be held at Vinny’s Bar in Raploch this Friday, January 11.
Wallace View senior care assistant Charlotte Whyte said this week: “We’ve found the solution to residents’limited mobility. The answer is trishaw bikes. We want to give our residents an opportunity to remain an active part of society and the local community.
“Trishaw bikes are already a tremendous success in more cycling friendly countries like Denmark and the Netherlands.
“We wish to improve our residents quality of life to the best of our abilities, ensuring all our residents have equal opportunities to feel involved in activities.”
Wallace View have set a fundraising target of £8,000. As well as donations they are also looking for prizes for an event raffle.
Tickets for the night cost £15 per person, and a meal is included in the price.
Scotland’s first Cycling Without Age chapter was started in Falkirk in 2012 where the scheme gained national attention and has won prestigious recognition at the Pride of Britain awards.
Charlotte added:“We’d like the older people of Stirling to benefit from such a worthwhile, rewarding and lifeaffirming project. Please be apart of making our success happen, we can’t do it without your generosity.”
Wheely good Wallace View care home residents try out trishaw earlier this year