Community adapted bicycle project progress

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The adapted bicycle project was started in May this year after local parent Bryan Wood had the opportunity of taking his son, Fraser who suffers from cerebral palsy to Edinburgh to try out the only wheelchair adapted bicycle in Scotland.

Bryan decided that it would be a worthwhile cause to raise funds in the hope of purchasing a wheelchair adapted bicycle that could be used by wheelchair users in the Fraserburgh and surrounding area.

Prior to the visit Bryan teamed up with Robertson Road Resource Centre that was also looking to develop a similar project and the Fraserburgh Development Trust agreed to support the idea.

Mark Jackson FDT Manager explained that “Fraserburgh Development Trust are working towards the betterment of Fraserburgh and the AB43 area” and the aim of the project is to purchase a unique three-wheeled battery powered wheelchair bicycle manufactured by Vanramm in Holland and supplied by Ashfield Special Needs in Wisbech Cambs.

“We are currently in discussions with Aberdeenshire Council and FISSH to house the bicycle at the new Fraserburgh swimming pool once completed next year to ensure an effective booking system and maintenance plan is in place.

“This would allow the community to easily access the bicycle and go for a cycle around James Ramsey Park, the beach esplanade and around Fraserburgh. Once established this project has scope to grow into a more inclusive project with additional bicycles to involve all the family.”

The first donation to the project was recently generously made by the Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally and was presented by James and Catherine Gray to Bryan and Fraser Wood (pictured left).

Donations for the adapted bicycle project would be greatly appreciated and can be made to Fraserburgh Development Trust or by contacting Bryan Wood / Carol Gibbs Day Services Manager at Robertson Road Resource Centre.