The Dundee Cyclists' Calendar 2011
fatdave — Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:48
It was a fairly typical fall, only on this occasion it didn't have the usual outcome of him picking himself up, checking the bike, then getting back into the saddle and on with the run. He landed the wrong way...and in that moment his life, and that of all those close to him, changed for ever.
Steve suffered injuries of the worst sort. His spinal cord was severed and he had to be airlifted to hospital. He has been in the spinal injuries unit of the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow ever since and will remain so for many more months.
Steve is paralysed from the neck down, the only part of his body he can move is his head.
The response to his situation has been overwhelming and heart-warming. Family, friends, clubmates and the wider cycling community--even complete strangers--have rallied to provide moral and financial support.
But Steve's courageous struggle will be everlasting. So will that of his close family. His hospital care has been excellent but there is a limit to what the NHS can provide.
Steve will always need other assistance, things like voice-activated devices which can help make his difficult life a little more comfortable and independent. With enough support, it might even be possible for him to travel beyond the confines of the hospital and, hopefully, in the future, his specially adapted home.
By purchasing this calendar, you will help make that possible.
We have sold out. Many, many thanks to those who have supported Steve through buying a calendar.Many people in the Dundee cycling community have come together to produce this calendar. It not only has some eye catching photographs with cycling and Dundee connections, but also most of the really useful dates for cycle events in Dundee and Scotland.
The full calendar will be revealed on 19th December at the Thistle Christmas Dinner at the Belmont Hotel, Meigle and this page will be updated then. The calendar will be printed as an A4 landscape wiro booklet, which means it can hang on the wall as an A3 calendar with the image shown or A4 with just the dates (for those of more sensitive dispositions) and will be delivered by the end of the second week in January Apologies for the delay but it has taken longer than planned to bring everything together. In the mean time, here are some teasers for you. The full pictures will be available from Sunday 19th December when we have our official launch. It will be available from all independent bike shops in Dundee if you want to buy in person. The calendar costs a mere £10, plus £2.50 postage and packing.