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Delight for Day Services patients as the Hogsback Chapter take them for a spin

The bikers came all the way from Guildford to do the ride out from our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester

People who attend Weldmar’s Day Services in Dorchester were treated to a ride out on Harley Davidson motorbikes and trikes today!

The Hogsback Chapter from Guildford, who have been riding together for thirty years, rode their magnificent looking machines down to our Inpatient Unit where patients were waiting to climb on and go for a spin down the A35.

Kim Mabbley (pictured above with Ken Hall from the Chapter) was invited to come and take part in memory of her mum, Jane, who was cared for by Weldmar.

“My mum passed away last August after a seventeen month fight against the odds.  One of the things on her bucket list was to ride on a Harley Davidson trike, and she never got to do that, so I’ve bought along her photo and some of her ashes. We did everything together, and we’ve just done this together.”

“I feel very overwhelmed, but I’m very happy. It was an amazing experience!  You guys have made two of her dreams come true.  The first was to meet Martin Clunes, which she did here, and the second was this today.”

Here’s what some of our Day Services visitors had to say about it:

Corinne says, “It was absolutely fantastic.  I was more of less determined I wasn’t going to go, but I was very happy to see that one of the bikers was a lady, so I went with her and I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I can tick it off and tell everyone that I’ve done it.”

Ron says, “It was brilliant.  I’ve been looking at these kind of motorbikes for years and years, and I’ve not ridden a bike for sixty years. It was so nice to be out in the fresh air again!”

Sheila says, “It was exhilarating.  I loved it.  I had a lot of intrepidation to start with, as my head said ‘yes’ but my body said ‘not sure’, but it was great. I’ve never been on a bike in my life and it was brilliant.”

Dennis says, “There’s no word I can put my tongue to that says what an experience it was.  It was absolutely fantastic.  Those bikes have so much power, and I felt very safe with Hamish, who I went out with. I’m really glad that I was feeling well enough and fit enough to come along today, because it was out of this world … and I don’t like motorbikes!”

Debby says, “It was absolutely brilliant. Things that you miss in a car you feel that you can see on a bike. The cows in the fields, the scenery, you just forget everything and away you go. Even though we were wearing helmets you can almost feel the wind in your hair!”

Ken Hall from the Hogsback Chapter says they were keen to come back after their first visit in 2019. “It’s seeing the smiles on people’s faces when we come here, and take them out.  It’s great to give them the confidence that they can do this.”

Our sincere thanks go to the Hogsback Chapter for their part in making amazing memories for our Day Services patients.


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