Our Buy a Bike appeal has been boosted by a £506 donation from the Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA). So we are ‘wheelie’ pleased.
We need 24 bikes for the young people who come to our Hinning House residential centre in the Lake District, which we run on behalf of Wigan Council.
ATSA Founder and Tyldesley St. George’s Central CE Primary School and Nursery Head Teacher Mark Grogan was quick to respond to our wheel appeal. His is one of a number of schools in the Wigan area who benefit from Hinning House residentials, where bike rides are an important part of the experience.
As our Deputy Head of Centre, Chris Jeffs, explained:
“Biking in the spectacular Duddon Valley is one of the most popular activities on offer to our young visitors. Sadly our bikes have seen better days so we’ve set a target of £6,072 to buy 24 new, great quality bikes to kick-start some adventures. We estimate that within three years the bikes will have been used by 2,880 children.
“Riding a bike is a life skill, contributes to physical fitness and increases children’s independence. Among any group of children there will be one or two who aren’t confident cyclists or have never ridden a bike before. We also have visits from specialist schools for children with behavioural problems or learning disabilities and youngsters who need help with healthier lifestyles.
“We offer them encouragement, support with the technique and the chance to practice on flat, quiet roads and tracks in this beautiful valley. It increases independence in children, inspires confidence and can give those who come to Hinning House believing they can’t ride a bike a real sense of achievement when they find out they can” said Chris.
Mark Grogan said:
“Over the years many children (and staff) from Atherton and Tyldesley schools have benefitted from the opportunity to cycle at Hinning House. When we learned of the ‘Buy-a-Bike’ appeal, we felt it was only natural that we should contribute financially so that current and future generations can continue to enjoy the valuable experiences provided by the staff at Hinning House.”
Julia Wilson, our Senior Fundraiser added "We're delighted that ATSA are supporting our Buy-a-bike appeal. Every donation made brings us a step closer to having a new fleet of bikes for children of all backgrounds and ages to use when they're staying with us."
Low Bank Ground and Hinning House are Wigan Council’s Outdoor Education Centres in the Lake District, managed on behalf of the Council by us. Hundreds of families and children from the Wigan area benefit from visits to the popular centres.