Devon cyclist to peddle over 320 miles for Alzheimer’s Research UK

23 May 2017

A cyclist is peddling over 320 miles in three days to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, in memory of his grandfather.

Kenny Gallagher, 48, will be taking on the The Swift Carbon Tour of Wessex, the biggest multi-stage cycling event in the UK.

The ride is split into three stages on three days from 27 May to 29 May, with each stage starting and finishing in Langport, Somerset.  The route covers quintessentially British country lanes through Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and Exmoor.

Kenny Gallagher

Kenny has lost six stone in the past three years which the training is helping him to maintain. He took up the challenge in memory of his grandfather Dennis, who died from dementia in 2000.

The dad-of-two, from Fremington, Devon, said:

“I decided to take on The Tour of Wessex purely to raise money for a fantastic charity and to challenge myself.

“I’ve previously done 100-mile cycling events and doing the challenge has kept me really focussed on my health.

“I average around 200 miles a week during my training and try to include one long cycle ride of up to 100 miles.

“I’m doing it for my grandfather who had dementia. It broke my heart when he died. I think there’s much more awareness of the condition now than there once was. The recent Emmerdale storyline brought it all back for me and it was very moving and emotional.

“While awareness is important, I think it is vital that funding is being channelled into dementia research, and that’s why I chose to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

Kenny is hoping to raise £1,000, to donate go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kennygallagher1

James Warren, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. We are the UK’s leading dementia research charity funding pioneering research into preventions and treatments for dementia.

“We couldn’t do it without supporters like Kenny. We can’t thank him enough for taking on this enormous challenge for us, and we wish him the best of luck.”