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Cycling duo ride coast to coast to support Alzheimer’s charities

FRITH House in Burnham-on-Sea was a welcome sight for two cyclists at the end of a 200 mile cycle ride for Alzheimer’s charities.

Patrick Patterson and Cristyn Bevan covered the distance over two days, riding in memory of Patrick’s dad, Jim, who spent his final months receiving specialist dementia care at Frith House.

The pair wanted to conclude their east to west, coast to coast cycle, which began at St Mary’s Island, Kent, at the place Jim called home.

The cycling duo arrived to cheers, applause and a celebratory atmosphere as residents and staff greeted them.

Patrick said: “It was absolutely unbelievable to witness the efforts the staff and residents went to when we turned the corner into Frith House. Cristyn and I said we felt like proper athletes, just for a minute.

Epic journey

“We took in so much on the journey across England. Chatham is quite a sprawling ex-industrial town, but we soon headed off through the Kent vineyards and rolling hills before hitting rain on the outskirts of London and up Crystal Palace hill then across South London.

“The sun appeared in Richmond Park and out along the Thames and into Surrey.

“We stayed just south of Newbury, then resumed in the morning in a light drizzle across the North Wessex Downs before descending into Devizes and along the canal.

“As we continued to head west, the clouds lifted but we were also greeted by a couple of super steep hills that made us take an extended break.

“Shortly after we saw the signs to Wells and Cheddar and we knew we were getting close. We worked our way up to the top to Cheddar Gorge then summoned up our final bits of adrenaline and headed to Frith House.

“Thank you once more for making this such a memorable occasion and sharing the memories of my Dad, in such a wonderful and touching way.”

Remembering Jim

Vicki Main-Reade, manager of Frith House, said: “Patrick took on an incredible challenge in memory of his dad, and the residents and staff at Frith House wanted to honour Jim’s memory by being there as he and Cristyn crossed the finish line.

“We have many fond memories of Jim’s time with us, and it was a pleasure to care for him and help him to feel at home.

“As a care home offering specialist dementia care, we see the impact that this disease can have not just on those who live with the condition, but also on their loved ones.

“Somerset Care were pleased to make a donation towards Patrick and Cristyn’s fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.”

Patrick and Cristyn have so far raised more than £5,000 to help fund research into dementia and support for people who live with the condition. The money has been split between Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.

 

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