AN AMPUTEE charity is taking part in the Wokingham Bikeathon on a bicycle made for four.
Limbcare, a charity offering advice and support to amputees, has entered a team of 10 riders into this year’s Wokingham Bikeathon on June 25.
The charity’s entry will include a team of four riders who will be powering a Surrey Bike, a bicycle made for four, around the 15 mile course.
Chairman of the Limbcare charity, Ray Edwards MBE said, “The Surrey Bike is, quite literally, a bicycle made for four people.
“More frequently seen at beach fronts, this bike will certainly stand out from the crowd in and around Wokingham. It is new to us so we are excited to get out on the Bikeathon route with it.”
The Limbcare Surrey Bike will be powered by Ray himself plus Len Amos, Gary Sewell and Tony Watson who are all amputees.
Ray, who is also one of the founders of Limbcare, was inspired to establish the charity after his experience in 1987 left him a quad amputee.
He explained: “Back in 1987 there really wasn’t much in the way of support, help, inspiration or even hope for amputees in the UK.
“At the time, that was what I needed most – I needed to see that I had a future. So, we set up Limbcare in 2010 to provide that vital support to the limb impaired and those affected around them. We offer a helping hand and a step in the right direction to anyone affected by limb loss.”
Other amputees will also be participating in the event on June 25 using adapted bikes, including Chris Bantin who will be riding a hand-powered machine.
Wokingham Bikeathon, which is part of National Bike Week, offers participants the option of a 15 or 35 mile ride around the roads and lanes surrounding Wokingham.