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On Your Bike, Clare

Pompey in the Community staff prepare for epic fundraising adventure

11 October 2017

Three days, 195 miles, six sore legs and three sore bottoms – all so Pompey in the Community (PitC) can raise funds for two new pedal wheelchair carriers.

Staff members from the Blues’ charitable foundation are looking to further support their fantastic disability and community cycling scheme, thanks to the support of Larcomes Solicitors.

The PitC programme, Wheels for All, has this year allowed more than 200 people with multiple needs and disabilities to get fit and active, as well as experiencing the thrill of cycling.

With 70 different bikes that are used throughout the week – including hand cycles, tandems and specially adapted disability vehicles – it ensures that no matter what, there are no barriers for anyone to get on a bike and pedal.

Due to the success of the programme they have now reached capacity and there are not enough wheelchair carrier bikes for the amount of people who use Wheels for All.

Clare Martin at PitC said: “We know this isn't fair and we want to give everyone the opportunity get on a bike no matter what.”

To raise funds for two new wheelchair bikes, Clare and two of her colleagues have taken the ridiculous decision to cycle a wheelchair carrier from Derby to Pompey.

They are cycling 195 miles, on a bike that weighs more three times more than usual and visiting a few of our Football League friends along the way, before making it back to Fratton Park to watch Pompey face MK Dons on Saturday.

In doing so, they want to raise £6,000 to buy two new wheelchair carriers – and to do this they need your help.

To support PitC making cycling more accessible, please text PITC60 £10 to 70070 to donate £10. You can also make an online donation here.

For more information about the cycling fundraiser, contact PitC’s head of community projects Matt York at or call (023) 9277 6822.

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