We were delighted to have such a great turnout for our 2015 Wheelchair Challenge on Friday despite torrential rain that didn’t seem to let up for the entire day. The challenge was intended to raise awareness of the issues that our service users face every day and we picked a particularly complex route and threw in a few challenges along the way.

The Wheelchair Challenge candidates brave the rain!

L-R: Matt Ayres (seated, Cheltenham Borough Council) with Cllr Tim Harman, Cllr Matt Babbage, Cllr Chris Mason with MP Alex Chalk (seated), Lillie Rowe (Cheltenham Borough Council), Cllr Chris Coleman with Howard Barber (seated, Cheltenham Borough Council), Cllr Rowena Hay, Kevan Blackadder (Cheltenham Town Centre Manager) with Martin Surl (seated, Independent Police & Crime Commissioner), Les Bonney (Chairman – St Vincent’s & St George’s Association), Agy Pasek (Strategy & Transformation Manager, Gloucestershire County Council), Chris Haynes (seated, Lead Commissioner, Learning Disability Services – Gloucestershire County Council), Peter Sayers (Trustee – St Vincent’s & St George’s Association) and Aled Thomas (Reporter – Gloucestershire Media)

The competitive spirit was evident with everyone making a mad dash from our activity centre, Phoenix on Winchcombe Street into the town centre before making their way back towards the centre via the Beechwood Arcade and finally traversing the narrow and uneven pavements of Fairview to end up back at the centre.

The general comments centred around the complexities of getting round town and the issues around pavements, uneven surfaces and the time taken to achieve the simplest of tasks.

Although the day had a serious message the jokes, laughter and tweets were in abundant supply and there were even a few tongue in cheek prizes for the winners and losers of the day.

Steve awards the Golden Bicycle Pump to the Winners!

Steve awards the Golden Bicycle Pump to the Winners!

Thank you to all who participated, we hope that this fun event has raised awareness and will result in some positive changes for people with a disability in our community.


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