A Buxton carer has raised £1,500 to buy a tandem trike, which will help people with disabilities enjoy cycling in the Peaks.
Jenny Crookes, who cares for 26-year-old Nic Gregory, presented the special cycle - the fruition of two years’ fundraising - to Peak District National Park’s cycle hire centre in Parsley Hay.
“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, saying: “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, Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men, St Peter’s C of E Church in Fairfield and the High Peak Mayoral Charity Fund.
To hire the tandem trike, call the Parsley Hay centre on 01298 84493.