Dr Simon Dixey, who works at St Mary’s Hospital, will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Picture by Robin Crossley.
AN ISLAND psychiatrist is gearing up to pedal the length of Britain for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Dr Simon Dixey has taken up the challenge to cycle almost 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raise more than £2,500.
Simon, 52, who works at St Mary’s Hospital in the memory service team, said: "I decided to take on the cycle challenge for Alzheimer’s Society because in my work I meet so many people with the disease and related conditions.
"There is relatively little that can be offered in the way of treatment at present, so more research is desperately needed to find more effective interventions.
"It will be a tough ride but I am hoping by raising funds for Alzheimer’s Society more support can be provided for people with dementia, their families and carers," he added.
The ride starts from Land’s End on June 26 and finishes at John O’Groats 12 days later, covering an average of 80 miles per day. Simon will join riders from all ages and backgrounds.
He said: "I am putting myself through my paces to train for this ride, which will require me to be a lot fitter than I am.
"I am cycling to work as much as possible and fitting in extra rides during the week. I also try to get to the gym at least three times per week."
The Bike Shed, Merston, will get his bicycle in good condition for the ride.
l To support Simon visit www.justgiving .com/dixey-lejog or phone the memory service at St Mary’s on 01983 822099.