A GROUP of Parkinson’s sufferers are setting out on a mammoth 2000 mile bike ride to fund research into a cure.
David Greaves, 64, from Well near Masham, is behind “Pedal for Parkinson’s.”
The challenge will see a team of six cyclists set out from Lizard Point in Cornwall, the most southerly point in Great Britain, on Wednesday, June 15.
David, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease seven years ago, will be joined by Chris Bennett, a retired GP from North Street, Ripon; Nigel Macvean from Rainton; Neil Manning; Mark Vallance; and Les Roberts.
The team are all retired and have an average age of 63, and David, Neil, Mark and Les all suffer from Parkinson’s.
On leaving Lizard Point they head north to John O’Groats, the most northerly point in mainland Britain, before travelling down the West Coast of Scotland, taking the ferry across the Irish sea and cycling the length of Ireland from Malin to Mizen, crossing the water back into Wales and finishing their mammoth cycle in London.
If all goes to plan, the team will pass through Well on Monday, June 20.
On the way, they will stop off at Stratford-upon-Avon, Stirling and Swansea. There David will launch three new long distance cycling events, all organised to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.
The team have already smashed their original £10,000 fundraising target and are now hoping to raise £15,000.
“People have been very generous and given an unbelievable amount. Our average donation is about £69,” David said.
All the money raised will fund research into a cure, which David says could be found very soon.
“More has been found out about Parkinson’s in the last two years than in the 20 years before that. Parkinson’s is going to be the first of the neurological diseases to be cured and it’s just around the corner.”
“There are 120,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s, but only 20,000 members of Parkinson’s UK. That means there are 100,000 who are doing it on their own, and we want to appeal to them that they are not alone.
“Parkinson’s will be cured, but we need their help to fund that cure.”
For more information or to sponsor the team go to www.pedalforparkinsons.co.uk.