Rob’s Story

My background prior to becoming an endurance hand cyclist adventurer. I was a chef/publican for over 20 years with personal experience of working in corporate and public sectors. I also ran my own health club for five years. This together with my life experiences has given me skills and insight that enable me to connect with a wide range of audiences.

I had no idea how my life was about to change before my accident life was great, I have a beautiful wife and daughter lived in a 3 bedroomed house had a nice nest egg in the bank. We have traveled the world, life couldn’t have been any better for us. Today I find it hard to think back to those days, today I still wake up thinking I’m going to walk again and wonder if I’m the only one that thinks about this?.

After my accident, It wasn’t easy and for the first three years I locked myself away from the world and all my friends, I had no idea how I was going to cope with all the changes in my life today. I refused to use my wheelchair believing I was going to walk again and return back to work. We had used all of the nest egg that we had worked so hard for. My wife said to me one day “You’ve got to start changing or you will be all alone for the rest of your life.”

“I needed to find a way of dealing with my new life as a wheelchair user”

I was introduced To Sally Garbett Occupational Therapist/Consultant from that day my life changed. We moved to a ground floor flat, Sally got the council to make all the changes that I needed, a wet room was built for me all the doors were widened for my wheelchair, ramps were built at the front and back of the flat so I had access to the garden, she also managed to get me a special bed as I had been sleeping on the living room floor for over two years and finally she helped me get all the benefits I needed to live a full life again.

In 2012 I went to the Paralympics in London after watching the Hand cycling events it got me thinking I could do that so I set to investigate how I could get involved in Hand cycling, I went on a weekend course at Stoke Mandeville and loved it I knew then I must get myself a Handcycle.

Over the last Twelve years, I have overcome many physical and mental barriers

Over the last 3 years I have completed in many hand-cycling events others believed impossible; these events have included Hand cycling from London to Brighton, 24 hour endurance race at Thurxton  Motor circuit in which I qualified for Race across America in 2019, Ride100, hand cycled from Scotland to London 600 miles in November 2014 and July 2017 I hand cycled the coastline of England, 2,500 miles in 27 days, raising funds for my charities.

In July 2015 I Appeared on ITV Surprise Surprise TV Show, the show was supported by Sunrise Medical who donated 7 hand-cycles to my hand-cycling club.

I hope to create something special and unique in the next 3 years and for anyone who wants to join me.