Our colleague David is taking part in the Liverpool Nightrider Challenge on 14 July to raise funds for Dementia Revolution, our Corporate Charity Partner. The Nightrider Challenge kicks of at 10:30pm and is a 100km overnight cycle ride through Liverpool, finishing around 5am the following morning.
David is a keen cyclist and has taken part in a similar event before:
I completed the London Nightrider a couple of years ago and have lots of great memories. It is going to be a challenge. Cycling through the night is a completely different experience to cycling in the daytime – it’s mentally very tough and can be very lonely. But there is a great sense of camaraderie, especially when you meet other cyclists at the checkpoints. You get to hear why everyone else is doing it and for what charity.
Talking about his connection with dementia David said:
‘I do a fair bit of cycling and I do try to fundraise for charity, especially for the Virgin Money Charity of the Year. Having said that, I have a particularly strong interest in supporting the Dementia Revolution because of my own experience with the condition. I’ve been affected by dementia all my life. When I was a teenager, I saw first-hand the impact of dementia through my grandparents. It got to a point where they didn’t even know my name and couldn’t recognise their own children. And more recently, I’ve seen friends of my parents lose the power of their memories. In the early stages, you can see the person get frustrated with it and become quite aggressive. Then as it progresses, that person you know disappears. We must do everything we can to alleviate the level of devastation dementia causes and that’s why I’m supporting the Dementia Revolution.
Once David hit his £500 fundraising target he decided to go the extra mile (pun intended) and triple it to a whopping £1,500. If you would like to donate you can do so on Davids Virgin Money Giving Page.
You can find out more about the work Dementia Revolution are doing by heading over to their website.