Inclusive Cycling, Exclusive Cycles

MartinRiding-300x200Depending on your particular requirements, a major obstacle in getting the cycle that’s right for you is cost. And for those that need very specialist equipment that can mean no cycling and a long wait.

Trikes can be expensive enough, but a highly specialised, well designed machine such as Molten Rock’s Boma can be beyond the reach of many pockets.

Martin is no stranger to challenges and raising funds for good causes. Ironically, it was whilst raising money for the hospital which helped him recover from a serious illness that he discovered how liberating and enjoyable cycling with a group can be. Fund-raising for his own Boma however is proving to be far more difficult.

In order to benefit from gift aid, and to be able to set up a Justgiving page, the money needs to be donated to a charity. In order to receive a grant from a charity, the charity’s purpose needs to match the use the money will be put to. Thankfully, the charity Whizz-Kidz covers the needs of children cycling with disablities, but there appears to be a gap when it comes to adults.

It’s not impossible by any means; the local Lions, friends riding the North Sea Cycle Route, collecting inkjet cartridges, applications for grants, the list goes on – but it’s fair to say that it’s far from easy, and there’s still an awfully long way to go.

Imagine a charity that specifically covered cycles for adults, one that people could raise money for via a Just Giving page, one that ICF could point people directly to; we like the sound of that.

In the meantime, we have Wheels for Wellbeing’s well researched Funding Your Cycle: A Guide For Disabled People, and, with a little help from his friends, Martin’s Boma Appeal marches on.

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