Sanctuary Care home residents in Exeter are getting around the city in three-wheel style thanks to an innovative charity scheme.
Travelling around in style
Residents at Greenslades Nursing Home in Willeys Avenue are feeling the wind in their hair and reminiscing about time they have spent around the city by travelling in rickshaws – two passenger vehicles powered by someone on a pedal bike.
It’s all part of the Cycling without Age project, which aims to get everyone, no matter their age or physical ability, to enjoy the sensation of cycling and it’s proved to be a real hit with all the residents.
One resident in particular is 86-year-old Christine Knight (pictured on a walking bridge over the River Exe). Christine said: “It is so lovely to travel around like this, I didn’t think I would ever be ‘cycling’ again – it really is the highlight of my week.”
Perfect excuse to go down memory lane
Another resident who loves the chance to ride in the rickshaw each week is 93-year-old resident Jim Drew, who finds the rickshaw experience a perfect excuse to enjoy a trip down memory lane.
While out and about on the rickshaw, Jim, who was born and bred in Exeter, will proudly point out focal points from yesteryear including his family home, where he once owned a shop with his late wife Mabel, who was known as May, as well as where he used to socialise with friends around the Quay.
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities assistant Debbie Maguire (pictured) said: “I really can’t put into words how much our residents love the rickshaw experience, it benefits many of our residents in different ways – for some it brings back many memories of when they used to cycle around the city independently and for others it’s a different and enjoyable way to get out and about in their local community.”
Bringing joy to so many
Lindsey Kyrke-Smith (also pictured), a volunteer from Cycling without Age, concluded: “It really is priceless seeing the residents’ faces. They adore the wind in their hair and riding around on the Quay and that’s why we do it. Everyone should enjoy cycling and it’s great that we are bringing joy to so many residents.”
Cycling with Age was established in 2012 and has since grown to 28 countries around the world where volunteers sign up for bike rides with local elderly people in their area. For more information visit: www.cyclingwithoutage.org