Spe­cial cy­cle day to help get older peo­ple out and about

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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

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