​A group of 11 women are setting out on the 5th August to complete an 8 day, 450 mile cycle challenge to set up a platform for talking about the devastating impact the illnesses Dementia and Alzheimers can have on individuals and their families. Greenhous Vauxhall in Shrewsbury have loaned a Vauxhall Vivaro van and Mokka to the team to help support their mammoth ride. Andy Evans, Sales Manager, expressed his support for the ride: “Like many people these diseases have affected my family and I am 100% behind these ladies in what will be a monumental challenge, but they have trained hard and will enjoy the experience I am sure.”

​Leading the stRIDE17 team of riders is Virginia “Biggsy” Bailey whose father, Peter suffers from Dementia. She says of the trip: “We aim to take photos on our journey and the route will take in many of the places that our Mums and Dads visited down the years.  I will use the photos to engage with Dad and hopefully it will stimulate his memory. The ride starts in Liverpool and we will cycle to the Lake District, travel across to the Isle of Man before returning to Liverpool and then on into North Wales, visiting Porthmadog and Bala. We will eventually finish at the University Centre in Shrewsbury.”

​Biggsy grew up in Shrewsbury and her father originates from Liverpool.  So far the group have raised around £10,000 which will be divided between the Shropshire branches of the charities Alzheimers Society  and Dementia UK. Biggsy reflects on the impact these illnesses have saying: “For my generation, Dementia is something we don’t readily think about and we do not realise the effects it can have on our families. Dementia is life-changing, physically and mentally, not just for the sufferer.  Imagine the stress on a wife looking to buy a new car with a husband in tow who has dementia, but used to deal with this sort of transaction.”

After the successful trip the ‘ladies in lycra’ will be holding a reception, courtesy of the University Centre in Shrewsbury, at 3pm in the Guildhall on Saturday, 12th August.

Find out more about the stRIDE17 trip by visiting the Twitter feed @stRIDE17 or the Facebook page stRIDE17.

To donate to the cause visit https://www.virginmoneygiving/stride17