CARE Homes from across Inverclyde gathered for their very own sports day - and it proved a 'wheelie' great success

Battery Park hosted the sports day as part if the Scottish Care Inspectorate initiative aimed at increasing physical activity among the area's elderly.

Nine care homes took part in a range of activities and sports and Campbell Snowdon House in Quarriers Village took the opportunity to give their new trishaw its first public outing.

Jim Melville, care manager at Campbell Snowdon, got the idea to purchase the cycle after watching a feature by Cycling Without Age.

Jim said: “It started as a one man project to help elderly people with limited mobility get back on their bikes and enjoy the outdoors but has become a boom among younger volunteers who become trained trishaw pilots.

“Thanks to the generosity of our trustees and benefactors, we have been able to purchase our own trishaw and thought this was a great place to give it a debut."

The trishaw was a big hit with everyone in attendance and rides around the sports field proved popular.

John Mulholland, a trustee at Campbell Snowdon and a qualified trishaw pilot, said: “The trishaw enables people across the wider community to help combat isolation and loneliness.

“After all the fundraising efforts it’s great to see so many smiling faces of people from all across Inverclyde.”

The Abbeyfield Trustees at Campbell Snowdon are now looking to raise money to purchase more trishaws which will be accessible to all within the community.

They are also interested in hearing from anyone interested in volunteering as pilots.

They should call 01505 614350.