Jennifer Franklin has, in her words, “officially gone mad“. She has taken on the 2016 London Nightrider event which will see her cycling 60km round the capital while everyone sleeps, takingmore than 50 famous landmarks in as she does. The training will be gruelling, the event challenging, but Jennifer is doing it all for the Alzheimer’s Society – the charity which has helped her mum and dad since this disease struck her family. Jennifer is today’s #fundraiserfriday star.
On the 4th of June, Jennifer will pedal off into the night with her brother, Paul, starting from lee Valley VeloPark and cycling 60km round central London. Although she says she’ll be kept going by the promise of “a medal and a cooked breakfast“, what will really keep her pedals turning will be the thought of her dad.
Jennifer’s dad, George
“My motivation is my Dad, George – he’s 73 and has vascular dementia and I hate it. I’m devastated. He’s often the last thing I think about before I go to sleep at night and the first thing I think about when I wake up. The Dad I once knew has been replaced by my new Dad. I miss my old Dad but I love the new one just as much – if not more. He has this innocence about him. I work with young children and my Dad, at times, behaves in a very similar way. How can a man who once ran a finance company not be unable to tell you what he wants for lunch without pointing to it, count money, make a cup of tea, or even know how to put his jumper on the right way? My Mum has to live with this, day in and day out. She puts on a brave face but really she’s just a normal loving wife, doing the best she can for the man she loves.”
The Alzheimer’s Society
“Dad (and Mum) have now started using resources provided by Alzheimer’s Society and I’d like to give something back. I’m hoping to raise £2000. They are the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, there for anyone affected by any form of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They provide information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, and they invest in world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it. They also campaign to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have, and make sure it’s taken seriously and acted on by our governments.”