A very successful Tour de Trust 109 mile cycle ride across the Lincolnshire countryside was completed on the 2nd of October 2018. The event raised awareness and valuable funds for Dementia UK and The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported the cause and donated generously.

An 8am start at The Poplars in Market Rasen saw the team of energetic cyclists, including Dan Hayes CEO, commence their journey. They had well-deserved rest stops during their route at 12 of the 15 homes run by OSJCT and their epic ride concluded at Patchett Lodge in Holbeach early evening.

Paul Edwards, Director of Clinical Services at Dementia UK, said: “We are so grateful to have the support of The Orders of St John Care Trust and we wish them every success in their upcoming cycling challenge. Through their fundraising efforts, we can increase the number of specialist dementia nurses (Admiral Nurses) in response to one of the greatest health conditions of our time.”

OSJCT provides high level care to those living with dementia and wanted to help raise funds for our partner Dementia UK. Each year around 850,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with dementia equating to 1 in 14 people. The number of individuals with dementia is increasing as a probable result of people now living longer. According to statistics it is thought that by 2025 the number of people in the UK with dementia will have risen to over 1 million.

Dementia UK provide specialist support to families with a loved one who has dementia and also fund Admiral Nurses. An Admiral Nurse is a nurse that is continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK. They provide families with support, expert guidance and with a friendly face to help the individual live more positively with Dementia.

Dan Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, comments: “This event was a wonderful opportunity to fundraise for one of our partners, Dementia UK, who provide support to the Trust in helping to assist residents with dementia. Whether individuals were on a bike, in the support minibus, making the refreshments or cheering on from the roadside it was a fun day reminding us why we all do what we do every day. Thanks to everyone who made this occasion a great success.”

If you would still like to donate post event please do so at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/osjct-tourdetrust. This site also contains additional details about what we are doing and the work of Dementia UK.