Donation keeps wheels moving for county cycling scheme
By Sarah Wood | 11th February 2020
Gloucestershire's inclusive cycling scheme, Wheels for All, has gained a brand new Tomcat Dragon Trike, thanks to a generous local donation in tribute to a dearly loved father.
Following a spinal cord injury, Ghulam Ahmed's family dedicated their time to fundraising in order to buy a specialist bike to aid his recovery. Sadly, Ghulam passed away in 2019 before they were able to buy the bike. But the family were insistent that the money they raised should go towards helping others.
Gloucestershire Wheels for All, a scheme run by disability charity Leonard Cheshire, is the first of six community projects to receive a Dragon Trike thanks to the Ahmed family.
Nazia White, Ghulam's daughter, said: "The trikes represent part of an important legacy to our father, as they will go to benefit the community that he became a part of. We sincerely hope that the users will experience the joys, thrill and health benefits of cycling."
Ghulam's wife, Mrs Ahmed, presented the trike to Wheels for All at the launch of its inclusive sessions at Mallard's Pike in the Forest of Dean. The sessions provide an opportunity for disabled and non-disabled people alike to get together and enjoy cycling in safe, off-road environments.
MaryClare Faulkner, project lead for Gloucestershire Wheels for All, said: "This is a wonderful tribute. We are indebted to the Ahmed family for considering our project in making this donation. We are keen to open our sessions to as many participants as possible and to be able to offer as broad a range of bikes as we can, to cater for all abilities. This Dragon Trike is really versatile and suits multi-user environments."
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