A cyclist is gearing up for a 300-mile bike ride across the south of England, retracing his weekly commute through Haywards Heath to raise vital funds for dementia research.
Clive England, 58, is taking on the ride to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK after his father, Norman England, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
His aim is to raise £5 for each of the 300 miles he will ride, equating to a fundraising target of £1,500.
The retired IT systems engineer plans to cycle from his home in Bideford in Devon to Haywards Heath in West Sussex where his father lives, stopping in Reading where he used to work on the way.
This is a route Mr England used to drive each week for 17 years.
He said: “My dear old dad, who is 89, started showing memory problems about eight or nine years ago.
“It was around the time his wife Maureen died, she had been keeping him going up to that point.
“She had done most of the domestic things around the house so when she passed away he really struggled to look after and himself.”
The keen cyclist has been considering this ride since retiring, he said: “This route was such a big part of my life for so long and there are some really nice cycle routes along the way.
“This coupled with the fact that I’m interested in dementia research has meant I’ve made this into a fundraising ride for Alzheimer’s Research UK.”
Mr England will ride around 40 to 50 miles a day but has said this is more of a journey for him rather than a race so does not aim to complete it in a set time.
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/d2dh