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17 Apr 2023

Buckshaw Retirement Village Partners with Community Church to Launch Rickshaw Fundraiser

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We are excited to announce the launch of our two brand-new rickshaws on Friday 21st April, made possible by a huge fundraising effort and generous donations from the local community. The launch event will be held at Buckshaw Retirement Village, and we would love for you to join us to celebrate this special occasion.

The rickshaws were purchased through a joint initiative between Buckshaw Retirement Village and Buckshaw Village Community Church, who came together to form ‘BV Rickshaws’. The idea originated from Andrew Kesiak, who is the church’s Pioneer Ministry Enabler, and it quickly gained support from everyone at Buckshaw Retirement Village, who saw the huge benefits it could bring to their residents.

Thanks to donations from GA Pet Food Partners in Chorley, the Tesco Community Fund, and an anonymous donor, we were able to purchase these rickshaws for £4500. The rickshaws will enable residents who are unable to walk far or cycle to get out and about and integrate with other members of the community, who are being encouraged to volunteer to drive the rickshaws.

The launch event will feature some exciting special guests, and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate this milestone. The rickshaws will reduce social exclusion, isolation and loneliness across the community by involving people as volunteer cyclists or as rider supporting someone else to enjoy a ride. They will give older people the opportunity to feel the joys of cycling, increase social participation for all across the community, and build bridges between generations, connections between young and old that support and reinforce mutual trust and respect.

Julie McGlough, Health and Wellbeing Nurse, said, “Our aim with the rickshaws is not just to take residents on a journey, but to provide them with an immersive experience where they can take in their surroundings at a leisurely pace. They can enjoy the beauty of nature, observe the activities around them, and even take a pit stop for an ice-cream. This experience is not just about being outdoors; it’s about the mental, emotional, and social stimulation that our residents receive. We hope that the rickshaws will encourage social participation and reduce loneliness and isolation among our residents.”

 

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