Bike project aims to help disabled

An inspirational community bike project in Fraserburgh is aiming to capitalise on the spirit of the games and provide a wheelchair adapted bicycle for disabled people to get involved in cycling alongside their friends and family.

Thursday, 6th September 2012, 9:11 am

Donations have been rolling in for the adapted bicycle, but more is needed to reach the target of over £6,000.

The project began in May when Bryan Wood (41), took his son Fraser to Edinburgh to try out the only wheelchair adapted bicycle in Scotland.

Bryan then teamed up with Aberdeenshire Council’s Robertson Road Resource Centre and an education sports coordinator from the authority’s education, learning and leisure service who were also developing a similar project to source an adapted bike.

Fraser (11), suffers from cerebral palsy and is a pupil of Westfield School.

Bryan said: “Cycling is about the only thing we can’t do as a family and the adapted bike will help us and other families to get out and about together more easily.

“Fraser likes to watch ‘Mr Tumble’ on TV and he saw one of the bikes on that programme and his face just lit up when he saw it, so that’s when I thought of the idea.

“We’ve had some donations already and Fraser has also donated some money to the project, I’d like to thank everyone for their generosity.”

Fraserburgh Development Trust is also supporting the project and manager Mark Jackson said: “Discussions are taking place with Aberdeenshire Council and FISSH to house the bicycle at the new Fraserburgh swimming pool once it is completed next year to ensure an effective booking system and maintenance plan is in place.

“This project has the scope to grow into a more inclusive project with additional bicycles to involve all the family.”

Vice-chair of Banff and Buchan area committee Councillor Brian Topping added: “I encourage as many people as possible to donate to this very worthwhile project that will make a difference to so many people.”

The first donation has been made by Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally and was presented by James Gray to Bryan and Fraser Wood.

Donations can be made to Fraserburgh Development Trust manager Mark Jackson who can be contacted on 01346 510513 or by contacting day services manager Carol Gibbs on 01346 515292.