Peter Berry, 54, who was diagnosed with young onset dementia at the age of 50, completed his 6-day charity ride last Friday 28 June along with a team of support riders, having taken in the counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and, briefly, Essex. He was cheered over the finish line by friends and supporters in his home village of Friston, where the ride had begun the previously Sunday.
Peter, who is currently featuring on the Channel Four documentary “The Restaurant that Makes Mistakes” undertook the challenge to raise awareness of early onset dementia and to raise funds for the national charity, Young Dementia UK.
“It was wonderful to see how well supported we were all along the route,” said Peter. “People were really generous and it’s clear that this is an issue which touches so many people. Cycling is a passion for me and so to be able to make a difference and to raise money by doing something I love is a real privilege for me.”
Despite his diagnosis, Peter is determined to live life as fully as he can and hopes that this will provide inspiration for those living with dementia and their families.
“To receive a diagnosis of dementia can feel devastating, not just for the individual but for their family as well. It can be a really lonely place which is why charities like Young Dementia UK are so important for the listening they offer as well as for the practical advice.”
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