Wheelchair racer Ben Oliver couldn’t have asked for more when a local businessman came forward to fund the purchase of a custom-made racing bike for him.
After reading in the Cornish Guardian about former Bodmin College student Ben’s need for a bike in order to compete in national events, Nigel Wiggett from Bridge Bike Hire in Wadebridge offered to fund the project. And Ben, who has Cerebral Palsy, went to Loughborough-based Bromakin, one of the country’s main manufacturers of racing wheelchairs, last weekend to collect it before Nigel officially presented it to him at Bridge Bike Hire.
Ben’s mum Kerensa said: “After the Cornish Guardian ran the first story on Ben I had a call from Nigel saying Bridge Bike Hire wanted to fund a racing chair for him after he had read the story.
“Ben then contacted Bromakin to enquire how we went about getting one. Ben went up to Coventry in July to compete in a national competition and arranged to meet one of Bromakin’s sales reps. He measured Ben, discussed seating and foot positions and styles of chair that would suit Ben’s type of Cerebral Palsy.
“Ben chose to have his chair in black and white to represent the colours of the Cornish flag.
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