1,000-mile ride for late parents

Neil Wedge and his son, Josh.
Neil Wedge and his son, Josh.

An ex-Kimberley school pupil recovering from a slipped disc and his son are cycling almost 1,000 miles in aid of a charity in memory of his parents.

Neil Wedge, 50, and son Josh, 21, are currently cycling the length of Britain to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society – a disease which Neil’s mother suffered from towards the end of her life.

Both Neil’s parents, John and Pam, who lived on Kimberley Road in Nuthall, died last year 100 days apart and the cycle expedition will begin on the first anniversary of John’s death aged 75.

Pam was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s two years before she died aged 73, and she found it immensely frustrating.

Neil said: “We noticed a few changes in her behaviour.

“She would go out and do a food shop in the morning, forget she had done it and so do another one.

“She could recall things from the distant past but things that had just happened she couldn’t remember.”

Josh had wanted to complete a challenge to celebrate his graduation from Northumbria University where he studied Geography and had been part of the university cycling team, and the pair had talked about doing a fundraising event in aid of the Alzheimer’s society for a couple of years.

Neil said: “Josh is a very keen cyclist, whereas I am slightly reluctant, but we are both really excited about it now.”

However, Neil suffered a slipped disc in January and had to slow down his training, but he is now fit enough to take on the challenge.

The ambitious duo set off from Land’s End on Monday and it will take them ten days to reach John O’Groats in the Scottish Highlands.

Neil left Kimberley School in 1984 and now lives in Uppingham, Rutland with his wife Jeanette, 49 and two children – Samantha, 25, and Josh.

As the Alzheimer’s Society is the chosen charity of the year at the Lloyd’s branch where Neil is Senior Manager, his colleagues have been very supportive and have been helping to host fundriaising events.

To track their progress and sponsor Neil and Josh visit www.lejog-2014.co.uk.