A 62-year old Solihull man is taking on the gruelling challenge of completing 100 of the UK’s toughest cycling hill climbs in just 12 days for national charity Dementia UK.
Richard Burt, who started cycling just four years ago, is carrying out the mammoth task on behalf of his mum Peggy, who has had Alzheimer’s for the past six years and is living with dementia in Sanctuary Care’s Redhill Court Residential Care Home in Kings Norton, Birmingham.
Sponsored by Sanctuary Care, Richard hopes to raise £50,000 for Dementia UK by completing the cycling feat and is reflecting on the challenge ahead.
He commented: “This challenge is extremely personal for me – it’s all for my mum, who is a wonderful person. When I visit I’m sometimes her dad, sometimes I’m her husband or sometimes I’m her son but it doesn’t matter to me, it’s enough for me to know she loves me and that’s why I’m doing this for her.”
Before Peggy moved into Sanctuary’s Redhill Court, Richard reached out for Admiral Nurse care in Worcestershire for vital support but discovered imperative funding had been withdrawn and it was this heart-breaking discovery that motivated Richard to raise funds for Dementia UK – to help the charity grow their Admiral Nurse networks for future families.
Inspired by Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Richard will be completing the gruelling fundraiser in a record-breaking 12 days in August, as he and his team will travel to each climb day and night.
Hitting hills as far and wide as the Scottish Highlands and the rolling hills of Devon, Richard, who started cycling in 2012 after witnessing Bradley Wiggins become the first Brit to win the Tour De France, turned to Sanctuary Care, part of Sanctuary Group, to help make his cycle-a-thon mission a reality.
As a main sponsor, the leading care provider has not only donated much-needed funds and will provide Richard and his team of volunteers with a branded kit but also encouraged their portfolio of care homes to raise funds up and down the country – which started with Time for a Cuppa in March.
Sanctuary Care’s Managing Director Mark McCarthy said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Richard with his challenge, he’s an inspiration to many and the funds he raises will help provide vital support for a charity so close to his and many of our hearts.”
Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO Dementia UK said: “We appreciate Richard’s tremendous efforts to help raise funds for more Admiral Nurses, who provide vital support to families living with dementia. The Dementia UK Admiral Nursing Direct helpline is available seven days a week to everyone across the UK; and we are working to increase the number of Admiral Nurses available to families, and the support of our fundraisers is helping us to achieve this.”
To donate or for regular updates, visit Richard’s Virgin Money Giving page or www.sanctuary-care.co.uk/100-greatest-cycling-climbs or show your support by tweeting a cycling picture with the hashtag #CyclingwithRichard.