Wythenshawe-based accident management company, Easi-Drive, has donated the use of a Mercedes Sprinter Hi Roof van to local community group Wythenshawe Wheelers.
Easi-Drive is supporting Wythenshawe Wheelers, which focuses on offering cycling to people with disabilities, as part of its community giving programme, wheelsforgood.
The van will be used to transport the club’s specially adapted bikes to communities across the North West, to encourage more people of all ages and abilities to take up cycling and realise the health benefits it brings.
The donation is part of a three year £15,000 charitable commitment to Wythenshawe Wheelers. Easi-Drive has also refurbished the toilet block, and donated new specialised equipment including a KMX Kart and Quad bike through staff fundraising activities.
Sue Blaylock, founder of the club said: “We are over the moon to receive such a generous donation from Easi-Drive. We have over 400 riders with a disability that regularly attend our open sessions but we expect this number to increase significantly by going mobile. The van will increase the options for new and existing members to access the bikes in different venues such as local parks, public cycle paths and trails, school playgrounds and residential settings, providing many more opportunities to be inclusive and accessible.”
Erica Boland, group general manager at Easi-Drive commented: “Wythenshawe Wheelers do some great work in the community to encourage inclusive cycling and we are proud to be supporting such a worthy cause. The club relies on volunteers and donations to keep it operating so we're delighted to help secure its new van. As part of our longer term partnership, we will continue to explore fundraising opportunities with the club so that more people benefit from its cycling activities and facilities.”