I was staggered to learn that 1 in 6 people in the UK over the age of 80 have dementia.
That is currently 850,000 people. That figure is expected to rise to 1 million by 2025 and leap to 2 million by 2051. It is estimated that 225,000 people will develop dementia this year alone, which is one person every three minutes.
I have decided that I want help make a difference so, having studied the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK, I was inspired to raise money for their support by accepting to undertake the Cycling Down Dementia Pioneer Challenge.
The aim is to raise sponsorship for completing cycling 300 miles between 1st November and 31st January. To date (8th January), 1,290 cyclists across the country are competing in this and the more challenging Epic Challenge of 1,000 miles. They have cycled a total of 314,873 miles and raised £138,001.
Every £20 raised funds another hour of research into this dreadful condition that affects so many families throughout the country.
For more information visit https://www.cyclingdowndementia.org/ and follow my progress, or even make a donation, on our Facebook page.
Now, where are my cycle clips …