Residents at Whitebriars Residential Care Home, in Bexhill, East Sussex, recently had a wonderful sunny afternoon enjoying trishaw rides along Bexhill promenade, thanks to Cycling Without Age. This global movement, started in 2012 in Denmark, provides trishaw rides to local care home residents. The voluntary organisation aims to give the elderly “personal interaction, put the wind in their hair and smiles on their faces”.

Whitebriars residents took it in turns as they were picked up from their home and taken along the seafront in style by the Bexhill Chapter of Cycling Without Age. This is something that Coast Care Homes has been involved in in the past but because of the pandemic it has been two years since their last trishaw experience. 

The residents were reported as having “a fantastic afternoon”.  One resident said “Oh my, I can remember being in a tuk-tuk in Sri Lanka, it must have been 50 years ago” and is still talking about it today. Another resident exclaimed “We’re out, we’re out” with a huge smile!

Activities Co-ordinator Martha Linfield said, “It brought instant joy to the residents, they were smiling and waving to passersby by the whole time.”

Lynda and Kevin Dewhurst, the owners of Coast Care Homes commented: “At Coast Care Homes we aim to make day-to-day life in our homes as fulfilling as possible for every individual resident. Our core belief is to promote choice and independence within a loving and stimulating environment. 

“The trip along the seafront by this unusual mode of transport, from a great bunch of volunteers has been wonderful. We really appreciate their hard work and efforts, particularly on one of the hottest days of the year! We are always looking for great stimulating activities for our much-loved residents, this was certainly a big hit.”

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