On Sunday 1 July 2018 Rookwood Spur held their annual ‘Wheelie’ event around Cardiff Bay. Rookwood Spur was set up in 2003 with the aim of promoting and improving the quality of life and opportunities for patients of the Welsh Spinal Injuries Centre at Rookwood Hospital, Cardiff. The charity is run on a voluntary basis by a board of trustees.
Rookwood Spur is a charity close to our hearts as our very own Specialist Support Services Manager, Kate Coles, is a trustee of the charity. Prior to her career with Hugh James, Kate worked at Rookwood Hospital as a social worker and is passionate in dedicating her spare time to assist the charity achieve their goals.
This year, the event was fully subscribed three days prior to the event, with approximately 120 participants. The event is fully inclusive and everyone is encouraged to participate. Patients, supporters and staff from Rookwood were encouraged to attend with their family and friends. Participants pushed, cycled, skated and wheeled their ways around Cardiff Bay.
I, along with four of my colleagues from the Hugh James Brain Injury Team, was delighted to volunteer as a marshal for the event. A further two members of the department decided to hire a trike and took part in the event. On the day of the event, we were fortunate enough to have a warm but overcast day, albeit with the odd spot of rain. All participants were in great spirits throughout the event and there was a large amount of support from the public.
Each participant received a medal at the finish line and a piece of cake, handmade by the supporters of the deserving charity… if that hasn’t tempted you then nothing will! We are all looking forward to taking part in the Wheelie Ride 2019.