Hft | The Cycle Project | Gifts in Wills

How gifts in Wills are helping people to stay healthy and happy

For the Outdoor Pursuits Group based in Bradford, the idea to apply for Funds for the Future came about when they began taking cycling lessons in 2014. A small group aged between 20 and 70, some of whom had never cycled before, began attending weekly sessions at the Cycling Hub in Lister Park, Bradford.

 “We’d expected it to work but we didn’t expect it to work quite so well!” recalls day centre officer Andrew Wiseman. “It was just unbelievable how quickly they took to the cycles – within two minutes they were away.”

Encouraged by the positive response, the group successfully applied for funding to buy its own fleet of tricycles, and the Cycle Project was born.

“Everyone was really enthusiastic,” says Andrew. “Groups of people we support came with us to cycle shops and did test rides. They helped us decide on which bikes to buy, and even voted on the colours – black and red were the most popular.”

Hft in Bradford have funded a specially designed trailer to transport the tricycles, and practice sessions were arranged in a local school. Riders can follow a circuit or just enjoy pedalling around and getting a feel for the bike.

The sessions had a visible impact on the group. “We’ve seen a big increase in confidence, and a couple have even been spurred on to do more exercise,” says Andrew. Families are also joining in the fun, with some even buying their own cycle for their relative to use at home.

“Getting people with learning disabilities outside in the fresh air where they can get some exercise and improve their fitness has a really big impact on their quality of life. Walking and cycling are social activities that also help to improve people’s emotional wellbeing and, in some instances, has had a positive effect on their behaviour,” added Andrew.

Leave a legacy which lasts

Initiatives like the Cycle Project are only possible with generous donations from supporters like you.

The decision to leave a gift to a charity is a very special and meaningful one and we want you to know that we will always use them wherever the need is greatest.

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