Home from home – young riders’ fundraising journey

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Two care home workers have completed a 42-mile cycle ride to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

At 10.30am on Wednesday, May 20, fitness and wellness co-ordinator Jordan Collins and maintenance assistant Mark David donned their helmets and pedalled off from Avondale Care Home on Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury.

The two 21-year-olds were on a mission to reach Avondale’s sister home, Chiltern Grange Care Home, in Stokenchurch. Backing them was the encouragement of the staff as well as a bus full of Avondale residents following them in support.

The home cares for people with dementia as well as offering residential and nursing care.

At Princes Risborough, the cycling ambassadors were met by Richard Haikings, of TSB, who welcomed into his bank and – with the assistance of Fieldmouse Cafe’s Paul and Diana Towers – provided both cyclists and supporting residents with tea, coffee and cakes.

Jordan and Mark arrived at Chiltern Grange. at 1.10pm.

But that was just part one of the journey over. After everybody had taken rest and refreshment, the second part of the journey began – the non-stop ride home.

The champions of Avondale returned tired but triumphant at 4pm, cheered by supporters and residents alike.

The cycle ride was just one of the home’s fundraising ventures as part of Dementia Awareness Week so it is not yet known how much was raised.