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Emma Crowther

Raising money for the Centre for Dementia Prevention provided Emma Crowther with the extra boost needed to complete a tough 100 mile cycle.

Name Emma Crowther
Cause fundraised for

Centre for Dementia Prevention

Method of fundraising

100 mile cycle with Ride to the Sun

Emma Crowther
Emma and her friend during their 100 mile cycle as part of Ride to the Sun.

Why did you decide to fundraise for your chosen cause?

My family are experiencing first-hand the impact of Alzheimer’s. With no cure for this cruel disease we are trying to find ways to ensure that life can continue as normally as possible for as long as possible.

I had already decided I wanted to challenge myself and take part in the Ride to the Sun, and I felt that fundraising would add the necessary extra dimension to keep me going through the toughest parts.

It was important to me that my chosen charity was meaningful to me. I decided to fundraise for the Centre for Dementia Prevention to make a direct contribution to support the work of a team of scientists, doctors, psychologists and social scientists.

How did you raise money?

On the evening of Saturday 23 June I took part in the Ride to the Sun cycle ride starting in Carlisle at 6pm, and finishing at dawn on 24 June in Cramond, Edinburgh.

This was the first time I had cycled 100 miles, and the first time I had cycled through the night.

I was surprised to find it was a hugely enjoyable experience with the organisers laying on various entertainments along the route, including a midnight rave! This was brilliant way to shake off aching muscles and lift the spirits.

The weather conditions were perfect and it was wonderful to experience whizzing through the Scottish Borders by moonlight.

We finished at Cramond just after 3am where we could enjoy a bacon buttie and cup of tea, then watch the sunrise before cycling another 6 miles home!

Fundraising wisdom

Don't be shy about sending reminders to friends and family!

We are all guilty of saying we will sponsor someone, but then forgetting to actually do it - I know I certainly appreciate a reminder (or several).

Related Links

Centre for Dementia Prevention (external link)

Ride to the Sun (external link)