Warwick three-year-old Lincoln Hookey, who has Cerebral Palsy, is on track to receiving his own set of wheels following fundraising efforts by the Warwick Lanterne Rouge Cycle Club (WLRCC). The 170-strong membership undertook rides of between 25 and 40 miles on Sunday, 9th September to secure donations towards a £1,500 IMP Tricycle, recommended by therapists at The Theraplay® Institute.
Following the ride-out, a fundraising raffle took place at local business Dough and Brew, with prizes donated by the restaurant itself, as well as Thirteen Bakers, the WLRCC and plenty of other local businesses. A total of £515 was raised over the course of the morning to help Lincoln reach his goal of pedaling around Warwick.
Son of WLRCC member Simon Hookey, Lincoln is keen to get out cycling with his family and friends. Once the fundraising target has been met, the IMP Tricycle will be specially adapted for Lincoln’s precise needs, with regular cycling helping him to build muscle memory and supporting his efforts to walk unaided by the time he goes to school in September 2019.
Lincoln’s mum, Sarah Hookey, who is HR Director at local business Prova PR, said: “We are working with Lincoln every day to help him walk and we’re so grateful to the members of the WLRCC who are contributing towards this very special tricycle for our beautiful son, grandchild, brother and friend who lives with Cerebral Palsy. We are excited for the day when Lincoln will be able to take part in our family cycling adventures.”
Richard Poynter, WLRCC, added: “We built this Club around an ethos of inclusivity and accessibility, so supporting Lincoln and his family is an absolute privilege and key to what we are trying to achieve. We look forward to welcoming Lincoln as a Club member in no time!”
Cerebral Palsy is a movement disorder which affects one in every 400 children. For more information on WLRCC, or to join one of the regular ride-outs, please visit www.wlrcycllingclub.co.uk.