Former soap star to take on charity cycle

Former soap star to take on charity cycle

by Tom Martin (June 2022)

WATERLOO resident and former Brookside star  Paula Muldoon is inviting people to join her on a fundraising cycle ride to support pioneering research into dementia.

Paula Muldoon, whose dad died with a rare form of dementia, has organised the 64-mile Braveheart Cycle, from Waterloo to Preston and back, on Saturday, July 30 to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The 52-year-old, who played Diana Corkhill in Brookside, has been a supporter of the UK’s leading dementia research charity since 2011 and has raised more than £50,000 through her annual Braveheart Cycle rides and exercise marathons.

This is the first time she has held the Braveheart Cycle since 2018 after she took a break in 2019 and then was not able to hold the event for the last two years due to the pandemic.

Paula, who is a personal trainer and nutritionist, was inspired to support dementia research as her father, Michael, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) aged just 53 and died in 2012 aged 64.

FTD is thought to account for fewer than one in 20 of dementia cases. While most people associate dementia with memory loss, people living with FTD usually have changes in their behaviour and personality.

Paula said: “After a three-year break I’m delighted to be able to host another Braveheart Cycle in memory of my dad.

“My dad was so courageous as little by little dementia stole his pioneering spirit, precious memories and independence at such a young age.

“I’m so proud to be able to continue his legacy by supporting dementia research. The money I and other people raise will help scientists find the treatments so urgently needed for future generations.”

Cyclists will meet at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo at 8am and set off at 8.15am. The ride will end at the Nags Head in Thornton. The ride is estimated to take around seven hours.

All participants will be expected to have a road-worthy bike, with a spare inner tube in case of punctures.

The enrolment cost is £50 and covers the cost of lunch provided by The Fox Cub in Preston. All remaining money will go to the charity. Cyclists are also encouraged to get sponsorship for the event and aim for a minimum of £100.

Paula added: “The event is open to anyone who would like a fun but challenging day out, while at the same time raising some money for a good cause. It’s such a great experience to be able to do something worthwhile, while improving your health. We go at the speed of the slowest cyclist and leave no one behind.

“Past rides have been incredible and have created memories for life as well as forging friendships.”

To sign up for the cycle ride or for more information, email Paula at paula@corefit.org.uk  

To sponsor Paula go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paula-muldoon



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