AN INTREPID Redditch cyclist is planning to ride 2,000km around France for charity whilst following the European Football Championships this month.
Tom Sweeney, aged 22, is embarking on his journey on June 25 with minimal gear, little money and only his trustworthy fixed-gear bicycle.
He aims to watch the beautiful game in four different cities during the Euros and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society at the same time.
Tom said: “My journey will take me from the round-of-sixteen all the way to the final, touring France from Lens to Bordeaux to Marseille and finally to Paris.
“I felt it would and should be possible to make use of my ability on my bicycle to help raise some money for Alzheimer’s Society by doing something different and making it memorable.
“My Nana suffered from Alzheimer’s as she got older, and it was difficult to see someone with so much life be affected by such a terrible illness.
“I just hope that the ride would have made her proud, and that it will help to raise awareness for the cause, whilst showing that anything can be achieved by anyone, if you put your mind to it.”
Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia and is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity.
Emma Dowler, community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “This is a fantastically unique fundraising venture and we wish Tom all the best in completing his journey. The money raised will fund important research into dementia and valuable services for those currently living with the condition.”
To help Tom hit his £500 target visit his Just Giving page at http://bit.ly/1PKFMXW to show your support.