Wheels scheme gets disabled children cycling

From left, Gabriel Miller, 15, from Banbury, George Hiley and 11-year-old Jessica Kowalski, from Carterton, enjoy a Wheels for All session at Witney’s artificial turf pitch

From left, Gabriel Miller, 15, from Banbury, George Hiley and 11-year-old Jessica Kowalski, from Carterton, enjoy a Wheels for All session at Witney’s artificial turf pitch

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YOUNG people with disabilities are being given the chance to use specially-adapted bikes.

Wheels for All is running at West Oxfordshire District Council’s artificial turf pitch in Witney to give disabled young people from the age of three the chance to try cycling.

A scheme for adults was set up in Oxford 18 months ago and is part of a national initiative by the Cycling Projects charity.

George Hiley, 14, who lives in Witney, attends the sessions. His mother Sarah said: “George loves Wheels for All, he can cycle freely and safely here.

“Cycling helps to build his physical core strength and the sessions are good for him socially too, as he is able to meet other children.

District councillor Richard Langridge said: “Sport can change people’s lives and we are pleased to be working with the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership and supporting the hard work done by local volunteers to help disabled people access cycling through Wheels for All.

“It is clear that as well as being great fun, the sessions are providing the benefits that come with physical exercise.”

Monthly junior sessions run at the pitch in Gordon Way, Witney, on the first Sunday of every month from 12.30pm to 3pm.

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Sessions cost £3 and are being led by residents Brigitte and Kevin Hickman.

To book call 01865 252678.

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