Richard Burt, who is training to break cycling records for Dementia UK by taking on Simon Warren’s ‘100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’ in just 12 days, dropped into a Sanctuary Care home in Stepney to speak with residents about his challenge.
The cycling duo attended the home’s good luck high tea party with their bikes. After meeting the pair, 83-year-old resident Ron Ballard said: “It was great, I loved the bike – I told them both about my cycling days, I cycled a lot.”
Richard said: “It’s so heart-warming to have so many people behind me – Dementia UK is a cause close to so many and this is why I’m doing it – it will be tough but will be worth it.”
Simon added: “Richard has a huge challenge on his hands - I’m very proud that the little guide book for cyclists is the inspiration behind the attempt to raise funds for such a worthy cause.
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Cathy McAweaney said: “We were delighted to have Richard and Simon visit us, Dementia UK is a cause very close to our hearts so we are pleased we were able to show our support – and the residents loved seeing the bike, they kept commenting how it’s changed a lot since their day.”