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Simon Day

Newcastle to Exeter ride for Age UK Exeter

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]My great friend John Poustie was one of the most charismatic people I have ever come across. We shared a house as students, played club and county rugby together, taught for many years at the same school, played squash incredibly competitively and had an unbelievable amount of adventures and laughs. Above all, he made people of any age smile whatever he was doing, and he was a brilliant teacher and an inspiration to many.[/p][p]At the age of 65 he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and life for him and his family would progressively become more challenging with the sad deterioration of memory and physical capabilities linked to this wretched disease. [/p][p]He and his family have received amazing support from the charity Age UK (Exeter) since the onset; it provides day care services for those with dementia/Alzheimer's as well as providing other initiatives for those coping with a partner who has Alzheimer's. All funding for the special initiatives comes from charitable donations.[/p][p]I took up cycling at the start of 2017 and so have decided to ride with two Kiwi friends, from Newcastle, the northernmost Premier rugby club in England, to Exeter the southernmost and my old club, which John also played for. Our route will cover about 800 kilometres and will take us just under a week which I feel is a suitably demanding challenge and worthy as a fundraising exercise.[/p][p]I am asking for your generous support for the venture which I know will do much for families coping with loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer's. All funds will go direct to the charity as we are totally covering our costs. [/p][p]Very sadly, John passed away just after Christmas, so the ride will now be in his memory.[/p][p]Age UK Exeter runs centres on at least 2 days a week for people with Alzheimer's/Dementia with a high ratio of staff and volunteers, giving meaningful and supportive care.[/p][p]We are incredibly grateful to Thrifty Car and Van Rental UK who are providing a support vehicle for the ride.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

16 Aug 2018


Sep 22, 2018

Andrew Free

Great effort Simon.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2018


Fantastic work Super Si - dry proud! And what a worthy cause. Much love xxxxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 4, 2018

Dominic Daymond

Getting you to your target ! Well done, Simon and chaps.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 30, 2018

The Vickers

So proud of you! Xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 30, 2018

Paddy and Peter Chenery

Well Done Simon. Memories of John always needing his bicycle and many others.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 28, 2018


Sorry it’s late!! Great effort for a great cause. Xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 24, 2018

Steve and Sue Kennard

Well done Simon, in anticipation!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 23, 2018

Julie and Ben Hiles

Huge congrats Simon x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 23, 2018

Ben Sarah Milo and Elliott

A great cause.

£190.00 plus £47.50 Gift Aid

Aug 22, 2018

Tom Bex Henry and Poppy

Awesome stuff guys enjoy the last few hours!