Charity Bike ride for Alzheimers Society

London to Paris Cycle Ride for the Alzheimer’s Society July 2017.

 

 

Richard Curtis, Nigel and Rhoda’s son, is undertaking this 328 mile cycle ride between July 19th and 23rd 2017 in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society. It is arranged by Discover Adventure and the itinerary is;

 

Day 1, cycling through Kent to Dover, then by ferry to Dunkirk. 85 Miles.

Day 2. Dunkirk to Cambrai 100 Miles.

Day 3. Cambrai to Soissons   69 Miles.

Day 4 Soissons to Paris, with the Finish Line under the Eiffel Tower. 74 Miles.

 

The ride has some “rolling fields and villages”, “a few short sharp hills” and some “challenging climbs”, but is “mainly undulating”. There is a warning, “The Ride is designed to be challenging” I take my hat off to all the entrants who are undertaking this amazing feat. There will of course, be full support teams in place, including Discover Adventure Leaders and Medical back up as well as technical support for any bike malfunction.

My professional field was in Older Persons Mental Health so I have worked very closely with the Alzheimer’s Society and witnessed the amazing work the society does. It runs Alzheimer’s Cafes, drop in centres, carers spa days, pays for respite in extreme cases and helps fund the all important research. When I retired there were over 100 types of dementia with Alzheimer’s being the most common. Now even more have been identified. The website, www.alzheimer’s.org.uk, is a wealth of valuable information. A lot of people have said to me “Oh, but my loved one doesn’t have Alzheimer’s”. My reply is usually something along the lines of “Maybe not, but there is information on so many types of dementia and, very importantly, where and when to seek help. There is everything from how to be referred to specialist services, legal information, and how to manage different aspects of a loved one’s care”.

To support Richard and the Alzheimer’s Society I am organising a Coffee Morning in the Church Centre on Saturday February 4th from 10 a.m till 12 Noon. There will be a cake stall and a Raffle as well as refreshments. Richard is planning on being there, probably having cycled from his home, to answer any questions anyone might have about the ride.

Do please support the Alzheimer’s Society by attending this event. If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate please visit the secure website www.justgiving.com/fundaraising/richardcurtislondontoparis or give me your donation and I will ensure it reaches Richard’s Just Giving page. If you feel unable to support this venture financially, then please remember the Coffee Morning, the Ride and the Society in your prayers.

Thank you,

Rhoda Curtis.

 
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