Blog Post 14 November 2017
The creative ability of youth at times overwhelms me. Student Fraser Johnston has received a Pride of Britain award for setting up Cycling Without Age in Scotland – a volunteer initiative where the elderly with limited mobility get a chance to get back on a cycle (well, sort of).
I love these light-hearted cameos of goodness in an industry that’s often rubbished by the media.
Fact: More than half a million older people go outside only once a week or less, something 20-year-old Fraser is determined to change.
With the support of 30 volunteers and his adapted ‘trishaw’ bike he set up a chapter of Cycling without Age.
The bike has a seat for two fastened to the front and the clientele tend to come from local care homes. Love it!
I had visions of much breathlessness and fatigue on the steep lanes of Scotland, but am reliably informed the bike is power assisted.
Fraser’s inspiration came from first-hand experience in Denmark. After a couple of trials on home soil his passengers were hooked.
After a video of Fraser taking elderly people for a cycle went viral with over 38 million views, he started a Crowd funding page which has now raised £43,492 for the scheme. And he doesn’t want to stop there.
For Fraser the rewards are seeing elderly people rediscover some of their old independence.
If anyone wants to donate here are the links: http://cyclingwithoutage.scot/
Nice news, a great antidote to the doom and gloom of recent weeks.
Debbie Le Quesne - CEO West Midlands Care Association