Weather fails to dampen Sudbury family’s fund-raiser

RIDE ON: Richard Edwards and his wife Charlotte complted their own 62-mile cycle in aid of the Alzheimer's Society after theit original group ride was cancelled due to bad weather.
RIDE ON: Richard Edwards and his wife Charlotte complted their own 62-mile cycle in aid of the Alzheimer's Society after theit original group ride was cancelled due to bad weather.

A COUPLE from Great Cornard raised £1,000 for an Alzheimer’s charity on Sunday after heartbreaking family experience of the disease.

Richard Edwards and his wife Charlotte, of Cats Lane, had signed up for the Suffolk Cycle Challenge in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, as Richard’s father was diagnosed with the disease aged just 62 and his grandmother also suffered from it.

The group ride from Bury St Edmunds was cancelled by organisers at the last minute due to bad weather, but the pair decided to tackle their own 62-mile route from Sudbury to Long Melford, Bildeston, Lawshall, Clare and back.

Mr Edwards, who works for Nestlé Purina, said: “The ride was tough because of the weather but we enjoyed it and we were determined to do it.”

Mrs Edwards, daughter of Suffolk county councillor Peter Beer, said: “The charity supports carers and families as well as the person with Alzheimer’s, which is just as important.”

The pair, who have daughters Jessica seven, and Chloe, six, thanked everyone who has donated so far and said they hoped to top £1,500. Visit www.justgiving.com/richard-edwards17 or www.justgiving.com/charlotte-edwards5 to donate.