The devastating news that his mother had Alzheimer’s disease spurred Barry Griffiths to do something positive.
So he took on the challenge of cycling over three hundred miles from London to Paris, setting himself a target of raising £1,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
And Barry has not only completed the challenge, he has smashed that target by £600 with more to come.
Barry, who is assistant service manager at Clitheroe’s Greenacre Honda completed the gruelling 344 mile ride in four days and is now taking a well earned break in Spain.
Barry said: “Mum’s diagnosis was a big shock to the family. I found myself researching the condition through the Alzheimer’s Society website.
“I was really unaware of this serious condition and its effects. I felt that I needed to do something to spread awareness and to help raise funds for the charity. That’s when I came across the London to Paris bike ride and decided to take on the challenge myself.”
Paul Rushton and Graeme Edmondson, joint managing directors at Greenacre Honda, said: “We are really proud of Barry and the task he set himself. He’s certainly not gone in to this half-heartedly and this is testimony to his character – spirited and dedicated.
“Being a family-friendly firm, we want to support Barry, and indeed his family, as much as we can.”
All the money Barry raises will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, the leading UK care and research charity for people with the disease which offers support and information. Half a million women in the UK are now living with dementia and the condition is the leading cause of death in females in this country.
Dementia is a global issue affecting 46.8 million people worldwide. It is a condition that does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of background, education, lifestyle or status. There are no treatments to stop the diseases that cause dementia but some treatments can help people to live with their symptoms a little better. To support Barry’s charity cycle challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Barry-Griffiths2.