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Seashell Trust appeals to cyclists to ride to the help of its disabled students

Posted by admin on 13th September 2017

Calling all cycling fans: Do you self-identify as a MAMIL? Is there no such thing too narrow wheels? Are you more more a roadie than an MTB kind of person?

Then you will definitely be putting on the padded shorts and hitting the roads this weekend.

You could be giving a profoundly disabled child the opportunity to experience the health benefits, independence and fun of cycling at the same time.

Seashell Trust needs more cycle-mad people to sign up to its fundraising sportive on Sunday.

Named by as one of the top nine sportives for women by British Cycling and featured in September issue of Cycling World, there are three options.

Choose from an entry-level 30 miles, a challenging scenic 60 mile climb or, if you’re up for the big challenge, the epic leg-busting 100 mile route taking in a selection of the Peak District’s finest climbs.

The event features iconic southern Peak District Category 3 and Category 4 climbs, signed route and downloadable GPX files, three feed stations along the route, mobile mechanic support, free parking, changing/shower facilities and a goody bag.

Money raised through entry fees or sponsorship will help provide specially adapted bikes for young people with complex physical and learning difficulties cared for by the charity in Cheadle Hulme, where the ride will start and finish.

Cycling is one of the few means of independent transport open to the charity’s students and is vital to their fitness, balance, and enjoyment.

Anne Gough, head of the Seashell-Trust run Royal School Manchester, said: “All children and young people are given the opportunity to cycle and this has led to an increase in their muscle strength and mobility. We have also seen improvements in their co-ordination and even their visual awareness when cycling.”

Seashell Trust physiotherapist Adele Stanhope said: “Many of our students are unable to use their hands or feet to pedal a bike. They desperately want to ride but is unable to use a standard bike.

“Cycling with their friends will see students expressing themselves and vocalising which improves their communication skills. Cycling helps confidence as well as teaching valuable lessons such as decision making, directions and road safety.”

If you are planning a long ride this weekend, why not join our sportive and share your love of cycling?

Register here. Riders set-off at 7:30am Entry fees start from £30.

 

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