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£3,485raised of £6,000 target by 105 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,485 to help fund a specially adapted hand and foot pedal bike for David and raise as much as we can for the charity Wheels for All.

    Location
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    Time left
    Funded on Tuesday, 8th November 2016

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    I've become a double leg amputee as a result of an auto-immune disease I developed when I was s teenager. Now in my mid 50's I want to raise money to buy a specialist hand and foot pedal bike for myself. As well as help raise money to buy a second bike for the charity Wheels for All.

    One of the symptoms from the beginning of the disease left me with difficulty in walking.

    One way I found to help with my mobility problems and general fitness was to cycle.

    I used to sometimes commute to my place of work over 6 miles away. I even cycled into central London to meet friends and go to events in the holidays.

    When I married, my wife and I used to cycle together. When our children arrived we first bought baby seats, then a trailer and finally their own bikes. We cycled together, going out at weekends and taking the bikes on holiday with us. We've camped and cycled in the New Forest, Scottish highlands, the North York Moors, the United States and even Paris!

    This was all fairly straightforward because my medical condition was largely under control.

    12 years ago my disease - Polyarteritis Nodosa - flared up and both my legs had to be amputated. One above knee, the other below knee. Just like Douglas Bader.

    After my amputations I was able to return to my full time career for 30 years as a lecturer in English. But my cycling abruptly came to an end. Even at the limb fitting centre where I learned how to walk again on prosthetic legs they were doubtful about any possibility of cycling.

    Last year I had another life changing event. I had a stroke. Suddenly I realised I had to change my life and really make healthy exercise a top priority.

    I took voluntary redundancy, am starting a tuition practice, exercise in a gym three times a week and I am reducing stress. But I'd love to get out on a bike again.

    After a lot of research I came across the berkel bike. It's a hand and foot pedal bike and I really think it is going to transform my life.


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    • David Loffman

      David Loffman

      7 months ago

      David Loffman

      Dear supporters Thank you for all your support in this fund raising campaign. Although it may appear on this site that we've only raised 58% of our target in actual fact exceeded the target by over £500.00. This was possible because donations were also made directly to us in other ways. As a result this means we can cover our costs with Just Giving and make a healthy donation to Wheels for All. I've transferred a deposit to the supplier of the bike and the bike is now on order. We expect it will be delivered by the end of November.

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    • David Loffman

      David Loffman

      8 months ago

      David Loffman

      On Sunday 23 October we held a music recital and poetry reading at our local church. This was our main fundraising event to raise money for a specialist hand and foot pedal bike for me and raise money for the disabled cycling charity Wheels for All. The event was an incredible success. We are now at a point where all the money we raise from now on will go to Wheels for All. During the performance I realised that love bound us all together. Those giving and those receiving - musician and reader/poet and audience. Thank you Davidl

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    Supporters

    105

    • Brian Ingham

      Brian Ingham

      Nov 3, 2016

      David - this is for two fantastic books of poetry.

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 3, 2016

      David - this is for two fantastic books of poetry.

      £10.00

    • Tim and Grace Cook

      Tim and Grace Cook

      Nov 2, 2016

      £10.00

    • Karen Faux

      Karen Faux

      Nov 2, 2016

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 2, 2016

      £100.00

    • John and Jo Henson

      John and Jo Henson

      Nov 1, 2016

      Good to hear how giving for this project is progressing. Here's a little more to add towards your target. Sorry we were away for your afternoon at Christ Church.

      £50.00

    • Jay

      Jay

      Oct 30, 2016

      With lots of love

      £10.00

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    David Loffman

    David Loffman

    New Malden, United Kingdom

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