A few months ago one of our customers, Ted Hornsey, donated a Van Raam Easy Sport that he had used for 4 years after suffering a stroke while on holiday in Australia.

Being a keen cyclist himself (Mr Hornsey has been on cycling holidays in Ireland and Scotland and has frequently completed the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride), he was eager to have it donated to somebody in need.

We chose Brighton based charity Pedal People, who provide year-round accessible adventures on side-by-side tandems and recumbents to people of all ages.

The folks at Pedal People love to name their cycles and had asked Mr. Hornsey and his family to name the Easy Sport recumbent – they chose to name it Teddy, after Mr Hornsey himself.

Ted Hornsey on his Van Raam Easy Sport that he kindly donated to us to pass on to someone who needed it

Teddy has been very well received and is already on the go with Pedal People:

Pedal People Brighton are super chuffed to welcome donated recumbent ‘Teddy’. Our first generously donated and already pootling out weekly. Perfect for fun, confidence, supported and more relaxed seated cycling ideal for anyone plus those living post-stroke or with other health challenges. It’s always lovely to know a cycle’s history and Ted’s kindness means more people off our waiting list and out with the wind in their hair, often for the first time in many years. The confidence and sense of freedom this specialist adaptable bike brings is daily magic!” – Elly, Captain at Pedal People

Photo by Lizzie Lock Promo shoot with Pedal People Brighton – Volunteer cycle pilots with Teddy and three side-by-side tandems ready for rides out for anyone aged 4-100+ with any health or mobility challenge or disability. 

Teddy has already been out and has received a lot of love for the mobility he has given people:

“I loved my first go on the recumbent trike, it was stylish and different. I had no problem keeping up with the electric tandems. Being low to the ground made the ride feel sporty and fun. It was really intuitive to use and felt very light. The seating position was very comfortable. The ride nice and smooth too, I would be quite happy to ride for ages. I look forward to taking it out again.”