Warwick cousins cycle length of Britain for cause close to their hearts - The Leamington Observer

Warwick cousins cycle length of Britain for cause close to their hearts

FUND-RAISING cousins from Warwick will be arriving at Land’s End this weekend after cycling 1,200 miles in aid of a charity close to their hearts.

Ferncombe Primary School headteacher Sally Morris and her cousin Helen Venn, both who recently lost parents to dementia, were determined to cycle the length of Britain to raise funds for Dementia UK.

They also aim to highlight the need for support for those with dementia and their carers.

Helen, who helped to set up the dementia cafe at Chase Meadow Community Centre, said: “My lovely dad passed away 18 months ago, and Sally’s fabulous mum followed six months later.

“We watched them slip away from us over their last few years and we wanted to do something to celebrate their brilliant lives. They were two such generous, kind-hearted, special people who bought lots of love and laughter to us all.”

Sally added: “More support is needed for those people with dementia and their carers. We want to raise money for Dementia UK, but also raise awareness of the challenges associated with this illness.

“So if people can’t make a donation, they can still become a Dementia Friend which is free to do and will give hope to those people struggling with the disease”.

Sally and Helen left John O’Groats in Scotland on July 25 and have taken 21 days to complete their challenge.

They stopped off in Warwick last weekend to see family and friends before continuing their journey, cycling around 60 miles each day.

Visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk for information on becoming a dementia friend. And www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helandsal to donate to the fund-raiser.


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