Peter Berry from Suffolk is 52-years-old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago. He is a passionate advocate for living well with dementia.
Peter is embarking on the ride of his life which will take six days to complete. He’ll cycle 330 miles starting in Aberystwyth in Wales and ending in Aldeburgh, near to his home in the village of Friston.
He will be joined by Christina Neal and her partner Dave Collison from Colchester, who he met through online support website Dementia Help. Dementia Help is a free online service designed to support dementia carers founded by Christina after she spent 10 years caring for her mother Hazel.
Peter says “What I am hoping to do is to try and show people that you can live very well with this condition. It’s not the end of life, it’s just a little different, is all it is.
I know I only have a limited amount of time to do things before my health changes. I have been cycling for many years, but this will take me out of my comfort zone, which is a little scary but also exciting.
I hope the Dementia Help Cycle Challenge will highlight the fact that dementia is not just a disease of the elderly.”
Sharon Harkin Community Engagement Manager has had the privilege of meeting Peter “his passion for this challenge is infectious so I am delighted that The East of England Co-op are donating £330 to fuel Peter’s mission as part of our pledge to continue to raise dementia awareness. We hope our colleagues on the cycle route will show their support and cheer the trio on”
The cycle challenge starts on Monday 25th June - Aberystwyth to Welshpool and finishes on Saturday 30th June travelling from Stowmaket to Aldeburgh.
He is planning to cross the finish line in Aldeburgh about 2ish - after a photo stop at Framlingham castle
He will be cycling in from the Thorpeness road to the war memorial - on a penny farthing! We'll be on hand providing a Prosecco Point to celebrate his achievement.
Anyone welcome to pop along and cheer him over the finish line.
To follow or donate to Peter’s cycle challenge go to http://dementiahelpuk.com/