Team members from Specsavers in Essex have come together to cycle from London to Paris for the Alzheimer’s Society, fundraising over £10,000 for their efforts.


Who did the ride?


Shak Hirani, Store Director at Specsavers Lakeside; Manoj Patel, Store Director at Specsavers Brentwood; Roy Thorogood, who oversees Essex stores, and Jacquie Manccini, Head of Group Treasury, together with friend Michael Lamb, rode the 300 miles to Paris over four days at the end of July.


The ride, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, saw cyclists cross the picturesque Kent countryside, cross the Channel and continue through small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France along to the finish line at the Eiffel Tower. The event had over 120 riders and raised almost £250,000 in total.


For the past two years, the group has completed a shorter cycle around Essex during Dementia Action Week.


Essex Regional Relationship Manager Roy Thorogood says:


‘The Alzheimer’s Society do fantastic work supporting the 820,000 people in the UK who are affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia, as well as their 23 million friends and family. It’s a cause that’s close to many of our hearts.’


‘This year we pushed our challenge even further, cycling in record temperatures, with one day reaching 50 degrees Celsius on the road. It was a tough journey but the support from friends and family, and the team spirit got us through. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this very worthy cause.’


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