Bus driver takes on Paris to London ride for Alzheimer’s Society funds

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A Gainsborough bus driver is swapping four wheels for two when he cycles 325 miles from London to Paris for charity.

David Bedford, a leading bus driver at the Gainsborough depot, will saddle up to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society - starting in London on July 20 and crossing the finishing line in Paris on July 23.

Stagecoach East Midlands has donated £500 to the Alzheimer’s Society in support ofDavid’s bike ride, and the cheque was presented to him at the Gainsborough Depot recently.

David, aged 44, said: “I am entering the London to Paris cycle ride for my wife’s grandad, Bill, who had Alzheimer’s disease. He was a lovely man who always had time for everyone and it was a terrible shame to watch him deteriorate from an intelligent, active member of the community to someone who was literally a shell of their former self.

“I am raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society not only to bring awareness of this terrible condition but also to help fund a cure for this debilitating condition.”

To prepare for the challenge, David has been training since the beginning of the year, including a recent 70-mile ride around north Nottinghamshire organised by British Cycling and raising funds for the Retford Lions.

The father-of-two, who drives contract services such as school and swimming buses, also plans to take part in the Tilnar Challenge on 26 June, an endurance cycle ride raising money for Cancer Research UK and Rice and Porridge.

Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East Midlands managing director, said: “We are delighted to donate £500 to the Alzheimer’s Society to support David’s bike ride. It’s a tough challenge and we are proud to be able to support him. We wish him the best of luck.”

David continues to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society in the run-up to his ride. Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fatmanonabiketoparis