Teenagers will use pedal power to raise awareness

FIVE teenagers are cycling to Bognor Regis to raise money for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Joe Coyle has organised the ride of some 52 miles to the town from the centre of Guildford because his father has suffered from the condition since he was 60.

Joe, 17, said: “When my dad was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s three years ago, I thought very little of it.

“However, as time has progressed, I’ve seen a major progression of the disease and now understand just how cruel an illness it can be.

“And not just for the person themselves but more so for the people around them.

“We are effectively powerless to stop the disease that is mercilessly stealing our dad from us on a daily basis.

“I wanted to feel like I was doing ‘something’ and, with the help of my friends, chose to do a sponsored bike ride to raise money for the charity that supports sufferers of the disease and their families.”

The ride takes place tomorrow. Joe will be joined by Brandon Smith, 17, George Yates, 17, Cameron King, 16, and Freddie Faires, 17.

They will be using a popular cycle route.

“We are hoping to finish the ride in an estimated six hours with additional lunch and stoppages.

“We are looking, hopefully, to raise £300-plus for the Alzheimer’s Society.”

The charity runs a unique programme which funds research into the cause, cure, treatment and prevention of dementia to improve the care of people today and to search for a cure for future generations.

There are many types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies.

Dementia describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes and problems with communication and reasoning.

Donations for the cycle ride can be made to Joe’s website at www.justgiving.com/Joe-Coyle