Breast Mates

Our Halewood Wheels for All hub on the Liverpool Loopline has borne witness to shrieks of laughter, giggles and fist pumps as the ladies from Breast Mates got back on a bike for the first time in a very long while.

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After meeting on Knowsley’s Mental Health Resilience Forum, hosted by One Knowsley, we planned a series of 9 taster sessions for 3 groups. Two doing Pedal Away and a 3rd using our adapted bikes at Wheels for All. The first 2 groups have now started their rides with us and are having the best time.

Our rides are designed to bring the ladies together, in a safe environment, and offer a chance to mix, share and get back into activity in a steady and supported way.

Our first Wheels for All session had 4 ladies that hadn’t been on a bike for over 200 between them! Joyce, at age 72, is experiencing her first time ever cycling. We’ve got her riding a trike along the Trans-Pennine Trail and she is loving every moment!

On just her second ride on a bike, Joyce said:

“I’ve been looking forward to this all week. I feel like this isn’t me! Because I have no confidence. I can’t believe it. It’s a great feeling.”

These rides are all about providing an easy return to activity. Our aim is to develop a solid group that will continue to ride through the year with a small number of the riders training up to become ride leaders. This will enable the group to become self-sustaining and encourage new members of their cancer support group to join in future rides.

If you are part of a group or organisation in Knowsley that would benefit from cycling and being outdoors then contact Nancy to chat through the options.

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