Robbie from Barnstaple
Head Injury, Age 18.
Ben from Silverton
Stroke survivor, Age 70.
Back in 2010 I was an active, fit man who enjoyed farming and country sports when I had a devestating stroke which left me paralysed down my left side. I had a terrible fear of falling and no sense of balance.
The Doctors and Physiotherapists had discharged me into a life in a wheelchair with the four walls of my kitchen. My wife then read an article in Devon Life about this fellow whose father had suffered a stroke and had used a recumbent trike to grant him exercise. Tom wrote about lack of balance, fear of falling and all the things we recognised.
We arranged a visit by Tom to try a trike in out kitchen on a set of rollers and he showed us how he would safely get me on and off the equipment. Then we got out into the Devon countryside. My uneffected right leg did the hard work but the effected leg was getting exercise. I steer, brake and change gear all with my uneffected hand and have been thrilled to explore all the cycleways of Devon (THANK YOU DCC!)
The benefits are many: fresh air, exercise and the chance to meet new people and have a good chat all from the comfort of a recumbent trike. I do not feel so disabled when I`m on a trike and it certainly helped me to come to terms with my feelings of hopelessness. Thank you Tom and the Freetrike service.
After my road traffic accident I suffered a head injury that made life very difficult. Freetrike gave me freedom to get outdoors and enjoy my life again. Tom supplied me my own trike and gave me instruction on how to use it on roads so I could get around my town and onto the Tarka Trail cycle path.
Great to meet you and learn about your recumbent trikes and your Devon service. I wish you good luck.
Thank you for all your hard work with my father, it has given him a new lease of life and it is great that he is now getting out of the house. I have the greatest respect for you and your business.
Sir Chris Hoy
Ashley from Ilfracombe
Cerebral Palsy, Aged 25.
Testimonials from outreach service users
We want to express our sincere gratitude for your help in assisting Ashley in achieving so much while you worked with him, your caring and dedicated approach equipped Ashley with the confidence to learn how to ride a bicycle. For many a simple skill, for Ash this was a huge achievement. It has given him the confidence to engage with independance a whole range of other activities and experiences.
Your help has been invaluble, you achieve remarkable things and genuinely change lives. I know that for Ash and his mother, your work has given them hope, confidence and independance, attributes for which they can not thank you enough. Keep up the excellent work.
Barry from Tiverton
Stroke, Aged 65.
Hugh from Paignton, Torbay
Cerebral Palsy, Aged 17.
Before I became a client of Freetrike, many years ago, I was prescribed a "disabled" upright trike to help me get outdoors with my Cerebral Palsy and out of my motorised wheelchair. It was a Special Needs bit of equipment and, because it was a fixed wheel, I needed someone ie a parent, to walk along side me as I cycled. Barely getting above jogging speed and taking half an hour to mount/dismount, I rarely rode it.
Then I met Tom when I was 17. After five sessions, I was seen frequently hurtling up and down Paignton seafront accumulating six or seven miles at top speed. Now, aged 18, under my own steam, I am doing lap after lap of our very own outdoor velopark circuit at Paignton - achieving 8 to 10 miles in 90 minutes. The transformation from having to be virtually pushed round the park to cycling a mile in under five minutes is outstanding.
However, the best bit for me about Freetrike is always trying to improve. Tom and I set physical goals like achieving a sub four and a half minute lap, or completing three laps consecutively under five minutes. As well as this, Tom is always striving to allow me to be that bit more independent or free on the trike. One day we will achieve total independence for me to cycle and go wherever in the world, but until then the velopark and Freetrike are ideal for me.
Ralph from Taunton, Somerset
Stroke, Aged 82.
Thank you Tom, for the many happy hours Ralph spent in your company. You gave him a new lease of life for which we (his family) are profoundly grateful.