THREE Nottingham professionals, Tim Garratt of Innes England alongside Chris Jagger and David Greenaway of The University of Nottingham, will be cycling through lochs and glens to help support earlier diagnosis and better treatment for dementia.
The dedicated cyclists will be covering 220 miles as part of The University of Nottingham’s Life Cycle event, which will see the group cycle from Inverness to Glasgow from the 4 – 6 of September.
Vice chancellor of The University of Nottingham, David Greenaway, has taken part in all four previous Life Cycle events, and this year he aims to raise a total of £350,000 for dementia during Life Cycle 5.
Tim Garratt, managing director at Innes England, said: “Anyone who knows me knows I’m always keen to get in the saddle for a good cause and I was inspired to take part in this Life Cycle as my mother suffers from dementia. Because of this, I know first-hand the effects the disease has on people and their families - so it’s a cause which is close to my heart and one I hope I can make a difference to.
“This cycle will be a true challenge for me - at the beginning of 2015 the most I had ever ridden was 30 miles! However I am ready for the challenge and I am pleased to be joining both Chris and David on the ride. I hope we are able to raise enough funds to make a real difference to the treatment of dementia.”
The Life Cycle 5’s fundraising target of £350,000 will help The University of Nottingham to use its Nobel Prize winning expertise in MRI scanning to conduct world-leading research into the different ways dementia damages brain cells.
Rather than a single endurance ride, the Life Cycle 5 team will be undertaking a series of challenges over 2015: some cycles will be a day long and some will take place over a weekend. The Life Cycle has been structured this way to offer more opportunities for riders to get in the saddle in support of dementia research.
“Although the cycle will be a challenge, it will be a fantastic way for me to raise awareness of dementia and support one of my client’s fundraising events. I hope through taking part in Life Cycle 5, I will be able to inspire other to learn more about dementia, and what can be done to tackle it,” added Tim.
If you would like to support dementia and Life Cycle 5 via Innes England’s efforts please visit the team’s Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/Tim-Garratt1