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.
Sharing his thoughts on the challenge during national Bike Week 2016 (11-19 June), the cycling enthusiast and well-known author Simon Warren visited Hawthorn Green Residential and Nursing Home.
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.”