Gym owner to complete 24-hour cycle ride in memory of his dad

Gym owner to complete 24-hour cycle ride in memory of his dad

by Henry James (July 2022)

SOUTHPORT gym owner Richard Webb is completing 24-hour cycle ride around the area covering nearly 300 miles to raise awareness and funds for dementia sufferers and families, and Parkinson’s UK.

Richard is staging the event in memory of his dad, Peter Webb, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s dementia and died on February 14, 2021, aged 85.

Richard said: “The dementia changed both him and us as a family. I watched my mum care for her best friend, partner and husband of 65 years to the very end. It was hard to watch, but at times it was inspiring. The care was endless, and the love never diminished. Dad forgot who we were, but now and again you’d get a little bit of him back, a wink, a facial expression or his sarcasm which I miss the most.”

The fundraiser will start on Saturday, July 16 with a 12 noon start, and will finish on 12 noon on July 17. Richard added: “We will start in Birkdale village and use this as a pit stop for re fuelling throughout the 24 hours. I would be interested to hear from local businesses who would be willing to help sponsor the event.

“I will be doing a 24 hour/30 mile loop of Southport, taking in some lovely countryside and using local cycle lanes along the beach front. I will be passing the Scarisbrick Arms on the A59, this is where my mum, dad, my daughter, and I used to go every Saturday for lunch. I’ll also be riding, past Renacres Lane and Shirdley Hill as this is where my dad worked as a farmer in his early years”

Richard would be grateful for any sponsorship or if anyone wants to join him on his challenge for even just a couple of miles they can get in touch with him on 07592 201435.

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