Family to help boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Sean McPartland and his family
Sean McPartland and his family

Do you have enough peddle power to take on the Great Nidd Bike Ride this September to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

This 50-mile bike ride, taking place on September 23, is being organised by charity supporter Sean McPartland, and his family and friends from Nidderdal.

Starting from The Station Hotel in Birstwith, Harrogate, the route will see cyclists follow the River Nidd up the glorious Nidderdale valley taking in the picturesque villages of Darley, Summerbridge, Pateley Bridge and Lofthouse before heading back down via Kirby Malzard, Studley Roger and Markington.

Alternatively, if you’re not the sporty type but still fancy letting your hair down whilst supporting the charity, Sean and his family and friends are also organising the Great Nidd Ball on the evening of the bike ride to raise more funds. The ball will take place at The Masonic Hall, Harrogate and the evening will consist of a three-course meal and music from the Ruby Stone Sound Collective.

All proceeds from the bike ride and ball will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Sean said: “We chose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of my late father in law Eric Dodds who had dementia before he died. I feel a lot of us have experienced family members who have had this debilitating disease and wanted to do my bit to help the charity in their fightback against dementia.”

Claire Priestwood, Yorkshire Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We’re so grateful to Sean, his family and friends for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK. Dementia affects a huge proportion of the population – one in three people over 65 in the UK will die with some form of the condition. Fantastic fundraising efforts like this will help us to defeat dementia sooner.”

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