On Sunday 31 July, Henry Volans will be one of thousands of cyclists taking to the road for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. But Henry is doing more than taking on a 100 mile cycle, he is doing it while fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Henry is taking on this challenge because of a love of cycling which runs in the family. Both he and his father are keen cyclists, with his dad cycling to work every day until retirement and then taking cycling holidays since. They both also share a passion for making cities more cycle-friendly, a topic which is often prevalent in London and is, indeed, part of the wider aim of RideLondon.
Why the Alzheimer’s Society?
Henry’s dad, Kevin, has been living with dementia for 2-3 years, although the formal diagnosis came just one year ago. It began in roughly his mid-sixties which, as Henry says, is a bit younger than the ages generally associated with the disease. Henry tells us;
“My Dad has always been a brilliant fundraiser and great at getting people to join in, he is the reason we’ve managed to raise such a strong total. We’re already at almost £5,000 including gift aid and I know we can reach beyond £5,000 with another push. This fundraising is with him, not just for him.”
The Alzheimer’s Society provide information and support to people living with Alzheimer’s disease, whether that be a to the person themself, to the family and friends of a person living with the disease or to people concerned about a family member or friend.
Henry’s fundraising will keep him motivated during the race, as well as seeing my family and friends 85 miles into the route. He tells us “we live on the route, so it’s a glimpse of home, a chance to high-five my sons and get some food“.
How you can help
You can support Henry’s fundraising and the Alzheimer’s Society by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page.