Giant trek to raise cash for cause close to home

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A Wyre charity champion is planning to cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Steve Howarth, 57, from Preesall, decided to take on themajor life challenge after his 83-year-old mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s late last year.

Seeing how quickly the disease took over her life, he decided he wanted to give something back in honour of her and other sufferers.

The trek, which will take place February 18 next year, is one of the many events organised by the society.

Steve said: “I felt it necessary to raise awareness to the disease and hopefully raise some much needed funds.

“I contacted the society and enquired about what fund-raisers I would be suitable for.”

Currently there are more than 80,000 people in the UK suffering with dementia. The disease has no known cure.

Steve aims to raise £4,000 for the charity by the time the challenge takes place.

Promoting his event through social media he’s so far reached just under £600, 13 per cent into his target.

“A lot of people have donated which I’m dead chuffed about. People have been really generous, so far so good but I still have a long way to go,” he added.

Steve is well familiar with charity work and previously took part in a parachute jump in Shrewsbury for Mencap, although that event didn’t quite go as smoothly as hoped, after he broke his leg during the landing. Some 25 people from across the UK will take part in the Vietnam to Cambodia challenge and while in Vietnam the Alzheimer’s Society will provide bikes and a support vehicle in case of emergencies along the way.

The trek is expected to last until the beginning of March with up to 100km of cycling a day in searing temperatures.

Steve said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been to Vietnam. I’m fully aware that it will be hard work but it will all be worth it in the end. If I can reach my target and possibly even more I will be chuffed as punch!”

Along with Steve’s Just Giving page, he plans to organise a raffle dinner with prizes in the hope of raising more money over the next few months.

To get more information or donate to Steve’s fund-raiser visit - www.justgiving.com/Steven-Howarth1.