We’re collecting stories and experiences from our family of members, carers, volunteers, and trustees, which we will share monthly.
Today, as part of #NationalBikeWeek, we’re spotlighting one of our amazing tandem club volunteers.

Keen cyclist Ian Ladley has been volunteering with our Harrogate Tandem Club for almost 5 years.

He found out about Open Country when we approached his company, Skinny Design Ltd, for some work.

As he had recently bought a tandem, his interest was piqued and, as he puts it: “Tuesday evenings have never been the same since!”

Ian added: “I get a real feeling that I’m doing something genuinely useful, while taking part in an activity I really enjoy.

“I love the social aspect, I’ve made some great friends, and I have learned a lot – including all the lyrics to Sweet Caroline…”

Memorable moments for Ian during his time volunteering include when the Open Country tandem team made a surprise appearance at his 50th birthday party, playing bird bingo in the pub, and a ride through the Blackpool Illuminations.

Whether you’re a walker, cyclist, nature lover or just want to support a great local charity, we’ve got a volunteering opportunity to suit you. Find out more about volunteering with Open Country https://www.opencountry.org.uk/volunteer/

or feel free to give us a call on 01423 507227 to have an informal chat.

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