Master of The Ironmongers’ Company completes 740-mile cycle ride to 11 primary schools, raising £12,500 for charity

12 July 2017

David Worlidge, who lives in Farnham, took on an epic 740-mile cycle ride to raise vital funds for dementia research while visiting primary schools supported by his organisation.

The Master of The Ironmongers’ Company, a livery company in the City of London, planned his ride around the location of the 11 primary schools that The Ironmongers’ Foundation supports, starting his ride near Durham and cycling on to Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Rugby, Norwich, London, Salisbury and Bournemouth before finishing up near Plymouth. He was supported by his wife, Candice, in her car.

David getting a warm welcome at Salisbury

He decided to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK as he has seen first hand the impact that dementia has on families and those living with the condition as his mum has lived with Alzheimer’s disease for many years.

He said:

“I am keen to do whatever I can to raise critical funds to help conduct more research into this terrible disease that is sadly affecting more and more people as we live longer. That is why I raised money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and The Ironmongers’ Foundation.”

David, whose family are long-term supporters of the UK’s leading dementia research charity, raised more than £3,500 for Alzheimer’s Research UK and £9,000 for The Ironmongers’ Foundation, a charity which supports numerous causes including education.

The 60-year-old explained how the ride turned out to be more difficult than he anticipated but he was rewarded with great support along the way.

He said:

“It proved to be harder than I had hoped as I started with the first day of 50 miles into rain and a 20mph headwind. The rain did abate but the headwinds continued until the last four days when the winds were replaced by hot weather!

“The last two days climbing through Devon and Cornwall were particularly hard as was the longest day of 135 miles.

“However, the fantastic welcomes I received from the schools and the chance to go around the schools and meet the teachers and children made it more than worthwhile along with the money we raised for dementia research.”

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Rebecca Futrall, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We would like to congratulate David on completing such a mammoth bike ride and we’re delighted to hear he received such a warm welcome at all of the schools he visited.

“We are so grateful for David’s support, his fundraising is helping us invest in world-class research to help put an end to the fear, harm and heartbreak that dementia causes.”