My name is Tom Pales and I LOVE TRIKES! I live in Silverton Village, just north of Exeter, Devon, England with my wife, 2 young sons and Sophie & Luna the labradors.
The idea for a rehab cycling service came after my fathers` stroke in 2002 made him housebound. I wanted to give him the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding countryside and to feel active again.
It worked for my father and has gone on to work for others.
From October 2010 to January 2021 myself and my colleague Hamish have taken housebound clients across Devon over 18,000 miles with our outreach service.
I have a degree in Health and Social Work from Plymouth University. Before starting Freetrike I gained experience in the following:
Community Support Worker for Headway Devon, providing care for 27 clients across Devon with head injuries and Stroke.
Cycle Development Officer for Cycling UK.
National Standard Instructor for Devon County Council providing Bikeability cycle training to schools and adults with disabilities across Devon.