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Kevin Edwards

2019 Deloitte Ride Across Britain

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my 2019 Deloitte Ride Across Britain fundraising page in aid of The Alzheimer's Society. Since you've made it this far I hope I can encourage you to go one step further and show your support for this vital cause. However, if you're interested in hearing why I am doing this then please read on.[/p][p][b]Firstly, the challenge itself.[/b][/p][p]I got back into regular cycling (I would like to say 'serious cycling' but my conscience keeps reminding me of all the rides I chickened out of) last year after a layoff of about 43 years! I used to ride with a club and race in the 70s when men wanted permed hair and their partners let them. I'll never understand that craze.[/p][p]Looking for a goal for this year, a friend suggested the RAB 2019 and I went through a series of mental stages—I couldn't, I shouldn't, Maybe I could, Don't be stupid, I damn well can! etc.—before signing up. After all, cycling over 100 miles a day for 9 days at the tender age of 67 takes serious consideration. What finally swayed it was reading all the positive reports by riders from previous years and I realised this would be a momentous life-changing challenge that I could no longer ignore. I am committed to giving it my all.[/p][p][b]Now, the Charity.[/b][/p][p]Although it is possible to enter this event with no charity involvement, one of the pledges to myself was that, if I undertook the Ride Across Britain, it would be tied to raising money for a worthy cause. I would like to cross the finishing line and feel the effort has done some greater good than just allowing me to feel pleased with myself. [/p][p]Ignored for generations by those directly unaffected, Dementia and specifically Alzheimer's is a cruel life-robbing disease. My mother-in-law was diagnosed eight years ago and we have witnessed her deterioration with alarm and, above all, helplessness. There is no cure at the moment. The best that can be hoped for is that those suffering from and others affected by Dementia can receive support and information, and also know that those charged with their care, or their loved one's well being, have been given the best possible advice in their work. These are just some of the areas where The Alzheimer's Society excels, and why its support is so vital. It also supports research into cause and cure, and seeks to influence the state and society to enable those affected by dementia to live as they wish to live.[/p][p]The Alzheimer's Society have agreed to part-fund my place on the understanding that I raise at least £2,200. With your help I hope to smash that. Donating through VirginMoneyGiving is simple. They send your money directly to the charity, making it the safest and most efficient way to donate—saving time and cutting costs for the charity.[/p][p][b]And now for something completely different[/b][/p][p]I mentioned that my mother-in-law has suffered from Alzheimer's for some while now and, before the decease became too severe, she benefited hugely from some computer software I wrote which turns a personal organizer into a reminder clock. The software is FREE and works with any cheap basic laptop (Windows, MacOS or Linux), reminding and displaying to the user their activities that day, noting special days (like Christmas), birthdays and anniversaries. Pop-up messages can be set such as 'Have a drink and sandwich from the fridge' etc. as often as needed. In the right circumstances they can even be added remotely. The reminder clock is based on my personal organizer free software [url=http://www.inmydiary.co.uk]In My Diary[/url] (many of its users have donated generously to this fundraising appeal). More specific details about the reminder clock are available [url=http://www.inmydiary.co.uk/MAC_help.pdf]here[/url] and there is a picture below of the type of display it offers. [/p][p]Thank you for your support.[/p]
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Supporters

15-Feb-2019

Jonathan and Diane Eke

Our very best wishes for the ride and money raising effort!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

14-Feb-2019

Anne McAteer

Smash it Kevin xxx Lots of love Anne and Martin

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

07-Feb-2019

Anonymous

best wishes from stephanie

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

07-Feb-2019

Anonymous

Well done for taking on this challenge Kevin. From a user of your diary program.

£25.00

07-Feb-2019

Ralph Sillett

Wel done Kevin and thank you for such a good program. I also would like to thank you for the support given over the years. Have a good time on the ride and take in the beautiful scenery that this country of ours has. Good luck. Ralph Sillett

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

07-Feb-2019

Cliff Jones

Good luck!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

07-Feb-2019

Anonymous

Good Luck Kevin. Thanks from an In My Diary User.

07-Feb-2019

Dave

Good luck Kevin, power to your legs. ;-)

£25.00

27-Jan-2019

May

Wishing you all the best Kevin. xx

£25.00

27-Jan-2019

Diane Edwards

So proud of you Kevin, this is a huge challenge to cross off that bucket list! xxx

£100.00