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News

Summer 2018

Having been inundated with passenger and pilot enquiries we settle on trying to become sustainable having seen the need and delight of all involved.  Much as we loved working with ‘independent living’ passengers we find that the resources required to manage this are just too large and unpredictable.  We decide to work exclusively with care homes for elders which naturally leads us to expanding our training, support and work with our volunteer cycle pilots to better support people living with dementia.  This strategy enables every scheduled ride to be filled, as care homes always have two passengers ready and raring to go for a ride with us.  The homes can fill any spaces that might arise with passenger needs/changes in health or mood, as they work a rota of residents with us.

September 2018 sees us turn one-year-old. We look forward to many more hopefully and continue to work on funding, training and support every week.  

Here are some of our pilots in a rare group picture from our first birthday party!

 

For more smiling action photos see our gallery on our home page or @cwabrighton on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

April 2018

100% response to our care home survey with 100% top scores in all categories from pilot care through to visible benefits of the rides for passengers.  The testimonials from care homes, passengers, relatives of passengers tell us it’s great!

‘I feel back in the land of the living’.  Violet, 95

Exemplary service and organisation. Friendly, approachable, caring pilots, who genuinely love what they do. Care home survey 2018

Without exception the passengers come back completely exhilarated. They love seeing parts of the area they haven’t seen for years, as well as visiting local parks. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to mix with the wider community and makes them feel valued. Care home survey 2018

Your cycle passed me on the seafront today. As they passed one of the elderly passengers said: ‘This is wonderful, so wonderful.  It made their day and mine. Well done!  Theresa, via Facebook

I loved it, just loved it. So nice to talk with so many people and the children and even the dogs! It’s magic being on a bike outside with everyone! Reg 98 and Beryl, 90

I sent out my least expectant resident out today, partially blind and deaf. When she returned home was exhilarated and thrilled with it! Thank you. Care home manager

I went to visit Mrs B in hospital. She’s had a severe stroke and sadly will not be returning to the home. She didn’t recognise us but was very happy and serene to have company.  I mentioned the cycling and she said “Ah, do they still come on Monday morning. The best bit was everyone waving at us, I felt like I was famous!”  How lovely!  Her brain has been badly affected by the stroke, but she remembered that experience.  Care home manager

These two lovely ladies whooped with excitement all the way along Brighton seafront. So much so, I couldn’t help but join in! This precious hour brought a sparkle to their day, and mine. Dementia gave them a rather lost look upon collection at the home – then our bike took them to utter joy and delight with the wind in their hair and memory jogging moments like meeting Freddie the dog en route! The heart-felt thank you at the end was the cherry on top. Yup, this is a very special type of volunteering, I’m super proud to be part of it. Sally, volunteer cycle pilot

February 2018

Celebrating six successful months of operating rides!

  • 1 very jolly launch, 70 attendees in mid-September.
  • National BBC TV news features, radio and regional BBC news features.
  • 50 volunteer cycle pilots trained.
  • Charity status and three small star-up grants won.
  • A second Trishaw cycle fully crowdfunded and in use since October.
  • 6 care homes worked with weekly with 1-3 rides per day run throughout the seasons. If it’s fine enough we ride out!  Just 10% of rides cancelled due to extreme weather through winter. That’s a hardy, dedicated, reliable bunch of pilots and passengers keen to go out!

Could you donate the cost of a ride?  With only around 18% of all UK charitably giving going to small local charities – we truly need your support to continue.  Please donate via the link on the main menu bar, via our Facebook page or you can set up your own fundraising page in seconds here.

 

 

 

January 2018   

We’re featured on the cover and inside the ‘Women in action’ issue of the Spring 2018 magazine. Read what Co-Captain Elly Hargreave gets up to in A Day in the Life feature here.

December 2017

Co-Captain and local chapter founder Duncan Henderson made it to the ‘Brighton Happy List’ as someone who has helped make Brighton a happier place to live.  See the full list here.

September 2017

We launch the organisation after two-months working seven days a week and a year or so of planning, research, determination and testing from Founding Co-Captain Duncan. We make local, regional and national BBC Breakfast live news.

70 keen supporters, many wanting to volunteer as cycle pilots turn out to our launch party.  We’re on our way!

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