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

According to the Alzheimer's Society, there are currently around 800,000 people in the UK diagnosed with dementia. This is expected to rise to around 1 million by 2021. Dementia is terminal, there is no cure at present.

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 start on 10 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.

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're be raising money for, are:

Registered Charity No. 296645
We're officially part of the Alzheimer's Society cycle team - supporter number 2881387

JustGiving -

or text ASDP84 £2 to 70070 (if you wish to donate more just enter a different figure after the £ sign - e.g. £5)

Registered Charity No. 1039404

JustGiving -

or text BIJJ81 £2 to 70070  (if you wish to donate more just enter a different figure after the £ sign - e.g. £5)

I've also set up a blog about the bike ride, and the preparations we're making towards it

@inmemoryofmymum can be found on both Facebook and Twitter, so you can follow the ride there too. You can also find me on Facebook - Martyn Feather (Skippy), and Twitter - @ZkidooKreativ

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