Gateway Wheelers is a north east charity that provides people with disabilities the ability to enjoy cycling.

This local charity aims to enable people with a range of disabilities to enjoy cycling and encourage personal development through providing suitable cycling equipment, technology and professional support. It began with one man trying to help his disabled son enjoy cycling, David Patterson built suitable bikes with friends to encourage his son’s development. This led to the formation of the Gateway Wheelers club in 1997 and was a fully registered charity by 2000.

In 2006 the Northern Rock Foundation provided funding which allowed the charity to employ a Development Officer, expanding the work and help provided to individuals and families in the Gateshead, Chester-le-street, and Gateway WheelersDarlington areas – Gateway Wheelers were successful in gaining support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.

As well as enabling people to participate in cycling the charity also encourages individuals, often children, to take opportunities for personal development. Exercise can benefit people with disabilities both physically and mentally, by promoting a healthy lifestyle, losing weight and staying fit, and a generally more positive outlook on life. The next ride with the charity is taking place on 23rd February in Darlington between 2pm and 4pm, to book a place please call the Gateway Wheelers office at: 0791 390 5422

To raise money for the charity the group are selling a small number of Delta Force paintballing booklets at a reduced cost to purchasing direct from the business. A booklet is worth around £100 but is being sold for £50.

Each booklet is suitable for up to 10 people and includes;

  • A full day of paintball action
  • Free equipment hire and full public liability insurance
  • Free latest semi-automatic machine gun
  • Access to one of 35 paintball centres across the UK and Ireland

For more information and to enquire about the booklets please contact paul:

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