Hereford City Rotary Club were thrilled to be able to deliver an early Christmas present to the Adaptive Cycling Group at Hereford Cycle Track this month.

Members of the club visited the cycling group for the official handover of a Van Raam recumbent tricycle and enjoyed meeting members of the NHS medical team including Bob Schermer who was running one of the group’s regular cycling sessions with service users.

This expertly designed trike will help service users with acquired brain injuries, who are often survivors of stroke in their recovery. 

Its unique design reduces the burden on the back, neck, shoulders and wrists of riders.

That coupled with a frame suspension which offers extra comfort and an adjustable seat height and angle, it allows as many service users with a disability to enjoy it as possible.

Rotarians David and Ron spoke with Aidan, one of those service users, who described the experience of using the trike as a ‘lifeline’ and ‘the highlight of his week’. What amazing praise indeed!

The NHS medical team thanked Hereford City Rotary Club for collaborating on the project and funding the trike’s purchase, emphasising the considerable benefits service users will gain from being active and having the opportunity to cycle again.

John Taylor Hereford City Rotary Club President said, “It is always an absolute pleasure to help improve the lives of people living within our communities and we look forward to popping back over the next few months to see how everyone is getting on”.

Hereford’s new 1km closed road traffic free cycle track opened on Saturday 23rd September offering cyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to learn to ride, train at every level, and enjoy their sport without having to negotiate busy roads. Sessions are offered for individuals and families as well as club/group and supervised sessions.

Van Raam is a manufacturer of special needs bicycles and is specialized in the production of tricycles, the mobility scooter bike, low step-through bicycles or comfort bikes, the walking aid, side-by-side tandem bikes, tandem bikes, wheelchair bikes and transport bikes. Contributing to the integration of people with a disability into society.