We were delighted to give St Edmundsbury Mayor Cllr Margaret Marks and her assistant a lift from the Abbey Gate (pictured) to Christ Church at Moreton Hall today, for their seniors’ coffee club. Volunteer rider Anne did the honours.
Volunteer rider John took the rickshaw to Nowton Court Village today for Clarke Care’s Get Together Tuesday coffee morning, and found plenty of happy passengers to take for a spin.
Volunteer rider Louise was on hand at Nowton Park to greet cyclists completing their rides in the Bury St Edmunds Women on Wheels event today.
Women On Wheels events are mass participation female-only bike rides around Suffolk, that put a strong focus on the fun, friendly and inclusive aspects of cycling, usually raising money for a local charity – St Nicholas Hospice in Bury’s case.
They are aimed at non-cyclists and existing cyclists alike, with routes of an achievable distance, and are open to all ages.
We had a great time at Riverwalk School today, taking the children for rides around the playing field.
Volunteer rider Dan took the rickshaw to North Court Care home today for a demo – and the staff and residents loved it!
We’ll be there every Friday afternoon for the rest of the summer 🙂
The event raised nearly £20k for the Hospice, whose Community Fundraiser Miranda McCoy said:
“A huge THANK YOU! for your brilliant help with the rickshaw at the Hidden Gardens of Bury – it was a big hit with all the visitors on the day. Your support of the Hospice and those in our care is truly appreciated.”
Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw was launched last week in the Abbey Gardens, when we gave rides to the public on Saturday and Sunday (9th and 10th June) – and everyone loved it!
Here are some pictures from the weekend.
The first training session for volunteers was last week and everybody did very well getting the hang of the rickshaw’s steering, and using the electric motor.
PC Paul Fox and PCSO Emily Howell came along to say hello and answer any questions (and in Emily’s case have a ride) , which was great.
The rickshaw is easier to ride than most of us expected. Everyone had a go at being a passenger, and it was surprising how fast even 10kph feels. So, as promised, we will be travelling slowly when the rides start in earnest!
However, it’s not so easy getting the rickshaw and two passengers uphill, volunteers found when they attempted the Ramp Challenge – getting to the raised car park at Bury Rugby Club. Most people couldn’t do it. More practice required!
Elaine Channen (in the chair, being cuddled) and Amanda Bloomfield (left) at Gatehouse thought the rickshaw was a great idea from day one – long before we even had funding, let alone the bike. As expected the demo there was a huge success and we’ll be at the Dementia Hub twice a week for the rest of the season.