A charity set up to encourage disabled people to cycle takes part in its first event this Sunday.
EMpowered people has been founded by Todmorden man Simon Lord and aims to help people with a disability to get cycling by providing specially-adapted bikes.
Simon will be travelling to the Great Manchester Cycle on Sunday, June 30, to ride the 26-mile route as part of the EMpowered people team - a group of six disabled cyclists who will all be taking part on specially adapted bikes.
The EMpowered people charity is officially launched today, so the event will be the group’s first ride together.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1986, Simon fundraised for the MS Society for many years before deciding that he wanted to do more. He now hopes that the charity’s work will help people to find cycling and regain their freedom:
“We intend to show what disabled cyclists can do, given the right equipment and support. There is a vast range of inclusive cycles that are available and can change a person’s life. We have riders of all ages and disabilities who share a passion for cycling,” he said.
The full team includes Colin Fielding, Iain Gregory, Lynn Bond, John Aspinall, Alex Hook and Simon Lord. There will also be support riders, including Simon’s family.
As well as providing bikes to make cycling accessible for people with a disability, Simon has plans for the charity to offer an academy with instructors to get people cycling.
Simon is also recruiting an EMpowered people team who will take on challenge events such as the Coast to Coast.
To find out more about EMpowered people visit www.empoweredpeople.co.uk