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About us

- Grandad Wheels is Brian Abram -


Brian lives in Halifax with his wife Linda and is retired.  After a serious cycling accident in 2013, Brian was left paraplegic and a full-time wheelchair user.  A few years ago, he started writing stories to amuse his Grandson Charles and now there are six stories in the series 'The Adventures of Grandad Wheels!'  After sharing the stories with family and friends, he was encouraged to make them available to a wider audience.


All the books are self-published and all the profits from sales are donated to two charities that help wheelchair users in their everyday lives.  And of course, Brian is determined not to let his disability stop him from having more daft adventures with grandson Charles!

- Lynne Hickin, Illustrator -

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Lynne lives close to Brian in West Yorkshire and is an active member of the Halifax Art Society.  Lynne has always liked art, but didn't have much time to do any throughout her career in the civil service, local government and banking.  But after retiring in 2009, decided it was time to take it up again.

Lynne usually works in oils, acrylics or pastels, but she is using digital media for the first time for the illustrations for Grandad Wheels and really enjoying bringing Brian's characters to life!

Right from the start, Lynne bought in to the idea of using this project to raise funds for charity and she has taken no reward for producing the illustrations.


"I appreciated that Grandad was normal, and not the whiskered dotard that I would have been tempted to draw.  Congratulations to Lynne Hickin.” - Quentin Blake

- Mike Dumbreck, Production -

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- Mike Dumbreck, Production -


Mike lives in Halifax, West Yorkshire with his wife and 2 boys Alasdair & Sebastian. He has owned Print Bureau for a little over 15 years and has always had a passion for design & print. Mike was very close to his Uncle, Shand Sivewright who suffered from muscular dystrophy. Mike was one of his main carers and has many memories of great times with him. Until his illness stopped him, Uncle Shand ran the family printing business in Edinburgh so you could say printing is in the family’s blood.


When Brian came to Mike and asked if he would be interested in this project, he didn’t give it a second thought - in fact he felt very honoured to be part of this adventure!! He remains very involved in the project and his firm, The Print Bureau of Hebden Bridge is a sponsor of the project

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