Charity now have tandem bikes to help blind and visually impaired in the Fens to get out and about

PUBLISHED: 14:08 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 07 September 2017

 Cam Sight Cambridge tandem bike project participants and the tandem team entering the London to Cambridge Bike Ride]

Cam Sight Cambridge tandem bike project participants and the tandem team entering the London to Cambridge Bike Ride]

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A local charity is looking for volunteers to help them to provide tandem cycling rides in the Fens for the blind and visually impaired.

Cam Sight Cambridge tandem bike project participants and the tandem team entering the London to Cambridge Bike Ride]Cam Sight Cambridge tandem bike project participants and the tandem team entering the London to Cambridge Bike Ride]

Cam Sight says their new project will enable blind and visually impaired cyclists to get out and about.

They’ve taken delivery of two tandem bikes in the Chatteris area and with the help and support of volunteer sighted pilots are ready to begin.

Cam Sight has secured a Community Activity Grant from Sport England to set the project up.

Cam Sight Fenland manager Dawn Preston said: “If you were a keen cyclist and would like to get back in the saddle or would like to try tandem cycling, please get in touch. This project provides a great opportunity for regular, safe cycling for blind and visually impaired people.”

She said the project has been successfully delivered in Cambridge and Cam Sight are now rolling it out across Fenland.

Cam Sight believes the tandem cycling project will provide opportunities for blind and visually impaired people in North Cambridgeshire to improve their health, fitness and balance.

Ms Preston said: “The project will encourage familiarity and confidence with getting out and about and navigating the countryside.

“Not only will people gain increased health and physical fitness but they will also grow in confidence and self-esteem, enjoy the sense of achievement and the social interaction with volunteers and other visually impaired cyclists.

The charity is looking for cycling enthusiasts to get involved in the project. If you would like to volunteer to pilot a tandem or home and maintain a tandem bike, Cam Sight would like to hear from you.

Camsight are looking for storage facility, with some kind of access arrangement for two tandem bikes and small tool set in March, in order to expand.

CONTACT: dawn@camsight.org.uk or call 01354 694067

Cam Sight is a local independent charity based in Chatteris and Cambridge, working with 1,800 people living with low vision and blindness in Cambridgeshire.

Cam Sight provides people living with low vision and blindness with the tools, advice, and training needed to live more independent lives.

It offers a range of services across the county including groups for pre-school children, young people and their families; 18 rural support groups across Cambridgeshire; Low Vision Equipment and Technology Centres in Chatteris and Cambridge; support for people in their homes and communities; volunteer befriending and opportunities for taking part in sport and leisure activities such as tandem cycling, guided running and walking.

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