New trikes for school thanks to supporters

Paul Edgar from Adventure Northumberland presents the trikes to Barndale pupils Olivia Lander, Georgina Pargeter, Louis Newbigging, Jordan Purves and  Liam Allington.
Paul Edgar from Adventure Northumberland presents the trikes to Barndale pupils Olivia Lander, Georgina Pargeter, Louis Newbigging, Jordan Purves and Liam Allington.

Pupils at a north Northumberland school are celebrating after receiving new equipment.

Teenagers at Barndale House Special School in Alnwick enjoy getting out and about, but have been using cycles far too small for them.

The youngsters, who all have severe learning difficulties, like using trikes, but the ones at the school were designed for six to eight-year-olds, meaning the pupils were not getting the full experience from them.

They benefit emotionally and physically from such activities so the school looked at purchasing new equipment.

After a search it was found that two larger trikes suitable for the youngsters would cost around £400 each, an amount which was far too much and the school was disheartened that it would not be able to help.

But thanks to a team effort, the teenagers are now riding around on trikes completely fit-for-purpose and size.

An individual supporter of the school and Cyclelife of Alnwick came to their rescue.

Between them they have gifted two brand-new trikes to the school.

Colin Bradshaw, headteacher at Barndale, said: “We were absolutely thrilled with this incredible gift to our school.

“The older children have had such fun playing on the trikes, it is just what they needed.

“We really cannot thank our supporters enough.”

Paul Edgar, joint owner of Cyclelife, said: “We are pleased to be associated with Barndale and help them out.

“For the last couple of years we have helped them by servicing the bikes and trikes that the children use to make sure that they are roadworthy and safe for them.

“When this opportunity came up to support the donor we were delighted to be able to contribute as well by doing what we do best as the local bike shop.

“We hope the children enjoy using their new trikes.”