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Visually impaired take part in sausage run for charity

On Saturday 12 July 2014, more than 25 motorbike riders including two Henshaws service users who are visually impaired took part in the Sausage Run, an 80 mile motorbike road run from Manchester to Yorkshire, on the trail of the renowned Henshaws Sausage.

The fundraising event, which is in its second year, involves motorbike and scooter riders travelling together from Henshaws Manchester Resource Centre in Old Trafford, to Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough to raise awareness and funds for Henshaws Society for Blind People. This year more than £1000 was raise to support people affected by blindness and other disabilities.

Two Henshaws service users took part and rode pillion on the back of motorbikes with guides driving. They were Kimberley Burrows, 25 from Irlam, and Malcolm Elthrope, 38 from Old Trafford. They are both severely sight impaired and currently attend Henshaws Resource Centre in Manchester on the Skillstep course. Skillstep, which is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, is a 12 week course for people with a visual impairment who want to work, volunteer or continue studying.

Kimberley said: It was a brilliant day, I felt like an extension of the bike and the movements were all really fluid. We had a really beautiful day for it and I really enjoyed being able to experience being on a motorbike.

Henshaws staff also got involved on the day with the Chief Executive, Nick Marr, who is a keen biker leading the pack along with the Head of Fundraising, Glen Lockett.

Glen said: We were so pleased with the turnout for this year’s Sausage Run, as we had to postpone the event due to bad weather on the original date in June, but we got glorious weather on Saturday which made the day even better! Next year we are planning a bigger event with camping overnight!

The famous Henshaws sausage is sold at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough and is made using a blend of secret seasonings and spices exclusively for Henshaws by local butcher Elite Meat.

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