KFA’s Development Manager, Dave had signed up to take part in the official London-Brighton cycle ride.
Due to COVID-19, The official event was cancelled, but as Dave had been training hard for the event and had already gathered hundreds of pounds in sponsorship money for the Alzheimer’s Society – he decided to go ahead and cycle the route yesterday.
Supported by a friend who cycled the route with him and another who drove the support vehicle he managed the 55-mile challenge.
Dave has seen first hand what dementia can do to a family as his Mum has been affected by mixed dementia for many years now. What began as mild confusion has now degenerated into a full-on lack of cognisance of anything in her life. She no longer knows who any of her family is, and spends her days sitting, just wasting away.
This first-hand experience encouraged Dave to do something about it and that was his motivation to sign-up for the London – Brighton cycle ride to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society, who are striving to create a world without dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s research programme focuses on improving care for people with dementia today and finding a cure for tomorrow.
Before dementia came knocking Mum was very creative. She was an excellent seamstress (she made my sister’s wedding dress many years ago – no mean feat for anyone). She was a painter, a writer and achieved an open university degree. In her youth, a singer and dancer, and a hard-working Mum to me and my sister, and much loved by her 5 grandchildren.
Dementia does not just affect the individual – but it robs everyone involved of a life. It is a cruel and nasty disease, and it needs to end NOW!Dave Spencer
Huge congratulations to Dave and his friends, Steve and Sean.
A little birdie told us that he may have had a pint or two and a burger to celebrate last night. No more than he deserved!!!
Dave has already raise £738, but you can still donate to his JustGiving page by clicking on the link below.