Cornwallis Court residents give thumbs up to chatty rickshaw rides

16 October 2019

Residents at RMBI Care Co. Home Cornwallis Court in Bury St Edmunds enjoyed a sociable spin around town, thanks to a volunteer run rickshaw service.

Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw is a free service funded by Bury St Edmunds Town Council, West Suffolk Council and donations from the public. It was given a unanimous thumbs up by residents at the Home who were trying out the scheme for the first time.

The service is for anyone in the community who needs a bit of help getting out and about and its aim is to help combat loneliness and isolation in the community.

The scheme’s rickshaw is a specially adapted tricycle that carries two passengers at the front. They can enjoy the sights and sounds of Bury during a slow, chatty tour of the town, benefitting from the interaction with the rider and passers-by.

Rides can be taken with a carer, friend, family member or the rickshaw service can even supply a ‘chatty friend’. The riders are volunteers and the rickshaw has a battery-powered motor to assist with the pedalling.

The Home’s Activities Coordinator, Sam Wiseman, said: "Our residents absolutely loved using the rickshaw service. They enjoy meeting new people and getting out and about in the community, so it’s perfect for them. It’s a wonderful service to have access to and we’re very grateful to the volunteers who made it possible.”

Libby Ranzetta, Trustee of Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw, said: "The service has been hugely successful so far and we are delighted to include Cornwallis Court residents in our growing list of regulars. It’s open and free to anyone in the community who needs a bit of help getting out and about.”