A DETERMINED cyclist is taking on a 500mile charity ride from Chesterfield to Paris for Alzheimer’s disease sufferers after his father-in-law was struck down with the heart-breaking condition.
Dave Martin, 44, of Walton, Chesterfield, was so distressed to see how the disease affected his late father-in-law Fraser McLean’s memory and health he was eager to join the Alzheimer’s Society’s organised charity ride.
But instead of just riding the arranged London to Paris route with other fundraisers he has opted to ride to the start line in London from the Crooked Spire church in his home town, from 9am, on Sunday, September 11, adding another 200 miles to his challenge.
IT manager Dave said: “My father-in-law was very quick and jolly with a dry sense of humour and to see his decline was heart-breaking.
“I hope this ride will raise awareness of the need for greater support for people with dementia and their families and carers.”
Dave, a father-of-one, had originally hoped to raise £1,000 but has already received £2,390 in pledges and is urging others to make further donations.
He added: “The feedback from people has been amazing especially from all those who have direct dealings with the condition and appreciate the need for more support.”
One in three people aged over 65 will die with dementia and related memory loss, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, which is why they are so pleased with the support of fundraisers like Dave.
Fundraising director Jo Swinhoe said: “We rely on the generosity of individuals like Dave to help us care for people today and to help find a cure for tomorrow.”
Those wishing to make a donation can visit www.justgiving.com/davemartin500 and those wishing to follow Dave’s progress can visit http://davemartin.posterous.com for details.