After I qualified as a mechanical engineer my father, Don and I turned our hobby into a business...Kart Racing... producing of our own racing chassis under our name of Wycombe Raceway Karting ( or WRK for short! ). A customer of ours, Derek Clark, contacted us about the possibility of producing a special trike. Local schools had told him that top of their wish list was a trike for their students with severe learning difficulties. Requirements were: No exposed chains or spoked wheels that could trap fingers, a very low gearing so riders would pedal like mad, burn off lots of energy, but keep their overall speed at a safe level - oh, and could it be built like a tank please?!! (Derek went on to sell our products until his retirement)
September 1976 saw the birth of our first Supa Trike
Lovely jumper Dave!!
Our mobility range of products expanded over the years, but in 2007 I decided to step away from manufacturing - 31 years was long enough!! But what could I do, cycling's in my DNA. I re-established our 19 year relationship with Van Raam as U.K. Importer for their cycling products, became Importer for the new (to the U.K.) alternative Dutch Roam Special Cycle range and the Approved Sales Agents (Eastern side of England) for the innovatively designed Tomcat children's' trikes.
I first became involved with disability in my later teenage years. Whilst working as a Trained Dispensary Assistant at a Pharmacy and "Surgical Suppliers" in Aylesbury, I also helped the public regarding wheelchairs, walkers etc. I then trained as a Beauty Therapist but after qualifying soon realised that the pretty treatments were not for me. I contacted local hospitals to discuss the viability of "patient well-being" in the form of soothing massage and offering camouflage make-up for post operative scarring, birth marks etc, At the tender age of 21 I was declined - so different to today's more enlightened approach to patient after care and well being!!
My life moved on but during the 80's I met David and started working for him, firstly in Sales and Marketing and then, after Don's untimely passing and Derek's retirement, helping David put "bums on saddles" - and I've been involved ever since - it's a great job!!
We formed Ashfield Special Needs in 2008 and are not only thrilled by the warm
return we've received from therapists, staff and families, but new friends,
contacts and customers too.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
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