2 February2015 Press release
SMILES ALL ROUND THANKS TO CDS ACTION BIKE DONATION
The charity CDS Action, part of Community Dental Services (CDS), donated 13 new specialist bikes, trikes, and scooters, which are worth approx. £2270, to the Ivel Valley School on Thursday 29 January.
The specially-adapted bikes will improve playtimes and physio sessions and were chosen to cater for the differing physical needs of children at the Biggleswade special school.
Ruth Ellison, teacher at Ivel Valley School, said
"A lot of our children have gross motor difficulties and we use the bikes to enhance their co-ordination, improve their strength and balance and promote a healthy lifestyle. Riding a bike also has social benefits and helps pupils interact and communicate as they learn to ride around together safely."
Nicola Blake, senior dental nurse and oral health promoter from CDS, explained how the donation came about:
"We provide dental care directly to the pupils at Ivel Valley School in our fully equipped mobile dental surgery and wanted to help them with much needed bikes and trikes. As a Social Enterprise, CDS have a charitable arm and so we were able to support the community and fund the donation from CDS Action."
Helen Paisley, Operations Director at Community Dental Services, visited the school along with fellow CDS Action trustees last Thursday [29 Jan] to see the bikes in action.
"It's been really wonderful to watch the pupils riding their new bikes and to see for ourselves how they are helping enhance the children's development, confidence and well-being."
Pictured: Children from Ivel Valley School, Biggleswade riding new trike donated by CDS Action
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