I was in Stoke Mandeville spinal centre for 7 months after my accident and whilst in the spinal centre, I spoke to the Independent Living Advisor and also one of the other patients about funding through Aspire.

Carl on his handbike

I applied for a handbike in 2014 and when I found out I had been successful in a part-fund, it made me feel ‘wow’, just an amazing feeling.  If Aspire had not been able to help, it would have meant a couple of years wait until I was able to afford it.

The bike gives me far more independence to be able to ‘nip’ to the shops, and go virtually anywhere I chose.  I can even go out in the dark which I was not able to do before.  I can take the handbike in the car which means I can go further and explore new places which is something I love to do.