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Peter Berry

Four Counties Cycle Challenge

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My story

[p]Last year Peter Berry took on a cycling challenge of a lifetime, this year he is back but has stepped his challenge up a notch by planning to cycle on his Penny Farthing! [/p][p] Suffolk-born Peter Berry, 54, was diagnosed at the age of 50 with early onset Alzheimer’s. Previously the owner of a thriving timber business, Peter was suddenly unable to work or run the business.[/p][p] After this devastating news, Peter became very depressed but, being a ‘glass half full’ personality, has battled through this depression and focused on his main passion of cycling. He has used this passion to raise awareness of the condition, particularly in younger people.[/p][p] Peter has completed a range of awarenessraising and fundraising activities. Last year he cycled from Aberystwyth to Aldeburgh (in Suffolk), a total of over 360 miles, and raised in excess of £6000.[/p][p] Peter also produces a weekly video blog on living with dementia and this has now gone worldwide. In these blogs he discusses an element of his condition candidly, the good days and the bad days, and answers questions from his viewers.[/p][p] Peter has a vivid way of viewing his dementia which helps others to understand. He describes his videos as ‘opening the curtain that surrounds his dementia and letting people into his world.’[/p][p] One of Peter’s favourite mantras is that ‘life isn’t over with dementia, it’s just a little different’ and he takes this positive approach with him wherever he goes. At the same time, he tries to leave his dementia monster (an ugly, Humpty Dumpty man with a pointy nose and a grumpy expression) on the settee at home.[/p][p] Peter is a regular speaker at Alzheimer’s shows in London where he has been interviewed by Angela Rippon. His charismatic personality and his frank way of discussing his condition means he has been invited back this year.[/p][p] More recently Peter has been filmed by Channel Four for their upcoming documentary, ‘The Restaurant that Makes Mistakes’ (due to be aired this year). Here, along with fourteen others with early onset dementia, he participated in a pop-up restaurant to demonstrate that the world of work should still be available to those with dementia (as Peter said ‘we are not due for the scrap heap yet.’)[/p][p] In June this year Peter will do his latest challenge, the four counties challenge, where he will cycle with friends and anyone else with a life changing condition across four counties, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.[/p][p] Peter, being Peter, is not content with cycling across four counties and intends to do the entire challenge on a Penny Farthing![/p][p] Peter is a proud family man and is supported by his wife, Teresa, and his daughter, Kate. ‘It is important to remember,’ says Peter, ‘that a diagnosis of dementia is not just a diagnosis for the individual, but it’s a diagnosis for the whole family.”[/p][p]Feel free to join Peter at any point in the route - see [url=https://www.facebook.com/Peter-Berry-Living-with-Alzheimers-343350949556323/]https://www.facebook.com/Peter-Berry-Living-with-Alzheimers-343350949556323/[/url] for more details.[/p][p][br][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

23 Jun 2019

Supporters

Aug 25, 2019

Wills

Donation from Wills! Thank tou

£5.00

Jul 29, 2019

Chris Lucas

Absolutely fantastic achievement. Would have loved to have joined you on one of the days. Maybe will get a chance if you decide to set yourself another challenge on the penny farthing.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 28, 2019

Friends of Andrew

Well done Peter, and team!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Jul 22, 2019

Brian Wilson

Well done Peter, you are an inspiration to those of us affected by Early Onset Dementia.

£30.00

Jul 20, 2019

Anonymous

A very kind donation from family friends Margaret and Mick

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2019

Sue Helme

£5.00

Jul 11, 2019

Mary Peter Pledger

Well done Peter, sorry we am late making my donation. All the best, Mary & Peter

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 11, 2019

John Havard

Good luck with this Peter. Great seeing you going up Dodd's Wood Hill on the Penny Farthing - with just your head above the hedge!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 6, 2019

Ruth

What a super challenge for a very important cause. Go suragate dad Mike!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Jul 3, 2019

Kevin and Victoria Seymour & Ervin Autumnfest

We loved watching all of you in the restaurant, but perhaps your familiar accent made us feel an extra bit of love for what you were doing, so supportive of others in the group. Keep flying the flag for Suffolk, you are an inspiration to us all.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid