Saturday, 27 May 2017

350 mile sponsored bike ride for dementia charities, in memory of my Mum, who lost her dementia battle earlier this year

The proposed route

Along with a friend, I'm planning a sponsored cycle ride (just the two of us), in aid of dementia charities.

We're planning on following the National Cycle Routes, from Southwick, West Sussex, to St Austell, Cornwall.

The ride will be in memory of my Mum, who sadly lost her battle with vascular dementia on 6 March this year. She spent her later years in Sussex, but lived and worked in St Austell during the 1970s and 1980s. I was her full-time carer for the last five years of her life.

My wonderful Mum, Jean Feather

The ride will take place in September, and is likely to take up to 10 days.

The route is approximately 350 miles long.

Southwick Community Church

We'll be starting from Southwick Community Church in Sussex, and officially finish at John Keay House, St Austell, the former HQ of English China Clays (Imerys), where Mum used to work. But, we'll also be calling at the site of the former Cornwall Coliseum, where I used to work during the holidays, when I was at Bristol Polytechnic (now UWE), and of course, the Eden Project.

John Keay House
Cornwall Coliseum in its heyday
Eden Project

For the most part, we'll be stopping overnight at various campsites along the route.

A little help is needed...


As we're both currently unemployed, and in receipt of Universal Credit, we may need a little assistance, to purchase essential equipment, and to cover any expenses along the route. So, we'd be extremely grateful to anyone willing to donate, even the smallest amount, to help us along the way.

There will soon be a link to our JustGiving page - here. (I'm currently awaiting confirmation from JustGiving - as soon as I receive that, the link will be posted here).
(Please note, this is to raise funds to finance the ride, and not to raise funds for charities. I'll be adding separate links for that purpose later.)

Nearer to the time, I'll also be setting up JustGiving pages to raise money for the dementia charities listed below.

Equipment we need:


Tents (2 x 1 man)
Sleeping bags (x2)
Roll mats (x2)
Camping stoves (x2)
Pannier racks (x2)
Pannier bags (x2 sets)

We'll be taking photos and videos along the route, and we'll be sharing these online as we progress.


The two main charities we'll be raising money for, are:


Registered Charity No. 296645

Registered Charity No. 1039404