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Outfit Moray Bike Revolution team entertains Cathay Care Home residents


By Garry McCartney

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Mo McLennan enjoying a tow on the trike from Jemma Cannell.
Mo McLennan enjoying a tow on the trike from Jemma Cannell.

A LOSSIEMOUTH-based charity has been offering cycling opportunities for elderly people in Forres.

Following a social media appeal from Cathay Care Homes, Outfit Moray’s Bike Revolution Delivery team has offered residents supported sessions using adapted bikes.

Project leader Donna Brown confirmed Outfit Moray is making cycling more accessible by expanding their collection of adapted bicycles - including a wheelchair bike - thanks to funding from Cash for Kids, to create an outreach programme for schools and care homes.

She said: “We now have a large fleet which we have been using in the additional support needs departments in schools. All Ability Cycling (ABC) sessions are very popular!”

The team started offering them in Cooper Park, Elgin, with families able to book cycling sessions for the tracks and paths.

Instructor Iain Bamber was pleased by the positive reaction of older people who tried them, then he saw a post on Cathay’s Facebook page and knew the residents would love them too.

He said: “I took along our rickshaw, hand bike, adapted trike and wheelchair bike. It was fantastic to see their smiles when they were out-and-about.”

Former cyclist Ron Lerner was happy to let Jemma steer.
Former cyclist Ron Lerner was happy to let Jemma steer.

Cathay activity co-ordinator, Jemma Cannell, confirmed working with Outfit Moray is promoting wellbeing and exercise.

She added: “Most importantly, it’s fun! We hope they will be a regular feature here.”

Fellow co-ordinator, Shannen Rae, added: “It’s great to see the residents enjoying themselves outdoors, bringing back memories.”

Resident and former cycling club member Ron Lerner, said: “It’s great to get outdoors on a bike again. I used to have a tandem!”

Fellow resident Etta Alexander said: “The bikes are great and cycling is good for fitness.”

And their friend Mo McLennan added: “I could spend hours cycling!”

To book a session, call Donna on 01343 549571, or to find out more visit www.outfitmoray.com

Mo McLennan returning to Cathay on a hand bike.
Mo McLennan returning to Cathay on a hand bike.


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