Barry’s generous donation of specialist disability cycles for training in Lancashire

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Go Velo delivers lots of learn to ride sessions and Bikeability holiday activities at the Steven Burke Sports Hub, Pendle, Lancashire.

Over the last few years their instructor team got to know a wonderful man called Barry Howarth, who was paralysed in a cycling accident 30 years ago. He loved observing their sessions whilst getting out round the circuit in his electric wheelchair. He always stopped to chat to Go Velo instructors and find out what they were up to.

After his accident he continued cycling, using power assisted tandem trikes and power assisted hand crank cycles. Barry sadly passed away in January 2021 and left all his equipment to Go Velo for people with a disability to use at their sessions and to take into schools – a very generous donation!

Go Velo put a post on Facebook about this amazing gesture. A local BMX coach saw the post and got in touch with Go Velo. She works with people with a disability across Lancashire, but wants to move into cycling. She is currently being trained up as a specialist instructor to deliver the training and make use of Barry’s bikes, once she is qualified. The training is being funded from a separate Innovation Fund grant, provided to Go Velo by the Bikeability Trust.

As a thank you to Barry, Go Velo will be donating money to a spinal research charity and will be putting on an inclusive cycling event to raise further money for specialist cycle training in the future once Covid allows.

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