We are passionate about supporting people to live their lives safely and well according to their choices, whilst making plans to achieve their hopes and dreams for tomorrow. Sarah’s story is a great example of how we are supporting people not only in their day-to-day living, but also in embracing the opportunities and experiences that bring joy to their lives.

Sarah is well known in her local Black Isle community, surrounded by a supportive family and local connections. Sarah, who has Huntington’s disease, was sadly widowed a few years ago; both Sarah and her husband were keen bikers, and Sarah regularly reminisces about the times they spent together pursuing this interest. She was keen to re-live the experience, but the unsteady and involuntary movements caused by Huntington’s disease meant that this was not practical.

On a recent trip to Cromarty, Sarah and Sheena (her Carr Gomm support practitioner) spotted the Cromarty Care project out and about on their trishaws; this sparked enthusiasm. They approached the Cycling Without Age Cromarty team, part of the Cromarty Care project, and set about making arrangements for Sarah to embark on a trishaw adventure.

Plans came together, and Sarah and Sheena enjoyed a delightful ride around Cromarty earlier in August. Whilst it may not have been as noisy and exhilarating as a motor bike, it was “just as good”.

Sarah and Sheena are now planning on taking regular rides on the trishaw, and of course finishing up with tea and cake every time. Sarah is delighted by the support she is receiving, and the new lease of life it has given her:

"I get to go to the places I like, having tea and cake and trying out new things like the trishaw. Going out with Sheena also lets me see folk I've known for years and keep in touch with them." 

We are thrilled to see the impact our support is having in people’s lives across Scotland.

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