Ashwellthorpe charity set for 1,500 mile trike ride

A south Norfolk-based disability charity will be following in the tracks of their founder by undertaking a marathon journey across the Swiss Alps.

Officials at Disabled Motoring UK will commemorate the passing of their founder by recreating the route he took on a mobility trike more than 60 years ago.

Famous names including paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, wheelchair basketball star Ade Adepitan, and a team of injured soldiers have already agreed to undertake the epic journey, which will begin at the charity's Ashwellthorpe headquarters, near Wymondham, on June 4.

They will use the same Argson mobility trike used by disabled founder Oswold Arthur Denley, who was known as Denny, who realised his dream of visiting Switzerland by travelling 1,520 miles across the Alps in 1947.

Mr Denley, who went on to help found the Disabled Drivers' Association, which would later become Disabled Motoring UK, died last year.

The trip, which runs from June 4 to 16, has been organised by Disabled Motoring UK, a national charity who campaign on behalf of disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge Holders.

The journey will begin in London, heading across the south of England, over the Channel, through France and across the Swiss Alps before heading home to a gala reception by MPs at the Houses of Parliament.

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Jim Rawlings, Disabled Motoring UK's senior information officer, said: 'The Argson trike is a piece of motoring history, as well as symbolising the extraordinary achievements of our founder and other people with disabilities. Denny's trip across the Alps showed people all over the world that anything was possible.'