Generous shoppers back charity pedal

Tesco customer Helen McNabb gives a donation Darren Roberts' daughter Beth as he pedals
Tesco customer Helen McNabb gives a donation Darren Roberts' daughter Beth as he pedals

GENEROUS shoppers gave an incredible £450 to a Rasen father doing a static bike ride for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Father-of-three Darren Roberts was blown away with people’s generosity when he did a 116–mile static cycle ride at Market Rasen Tesco on Saturday.

The 39-year-old was preparing for a 1,000-mile cycle ride from John O’Groats in Scotland to the furthest point in the south west of England, Land’s End. He is doing the ride in memory of his mum Jean, from Manchester, who died last February, aged 69, after a seven year battle with the disease.

He said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of the people of Market Rasen and the surrounding area.

“So many people were really enthusiastic about the cycle challenge and now understand why I’ve set such a tough goal. My mum, who’s a former Tesco employee, would have had a beaming smile if she could have seen us.”

Darren was pedalling for 4 hours 45 minutes, while his son Stan, daughter Beth, wife Connie and several family friends collected donations.

Market Rasen Tesco community champion Jenny Stimson said: “Darren should be very pleased with the response he’s received from our customers.

“His cycle challenge has proved very popular here and his challenge is an excellent local initiative for us to support.”

Alzheimer’s Society director of fundraising Liz Showell said: “We are extremely grateful to Darren for all the time and energy he has put into his static bike ride at Tesco Market Rasen for us.

“As a charity we rely on the generosity of individuals and groups like this to help us care for people today and find a cure tomorrow.”

Darren will complete the 1,000 mile cycle ride in May with three friends who have formed ‘team forget me not’.

He is hoping to raise between £5,000 and £10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society, which funds research into the disease and provides support to people affected by it.

There is still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, which is a form of dementia affecting the functioning of the brain.

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