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17th April 2018

"Every year at M&S Bank there is the opportunity to get involved in two challenges to raise money for our chosen charity, which this year is the Alzheimer’s Society. 

At the start of the year, my own personal goal was to increase my personal fitness, so what better opportunity is there than a London to Paris cycle challenge.  This will entail cycling over 180 miles in 3 days- not a small challenge for a bike novice like myself however I have great support from family and friends.

I am very into my spinning at Lifestyle Fitness and after surviving a 5 hour spin-a-thon that was organised by Deeside Manager Lucy for Sports Relief, it motivated me even more to get involved in this challenge.

As well as testing my fitness, I know that the money I will have raised is going towards an amazing charity. This event will help people get the support they need but also it will raise awareness.

Did you know for example, that the world's population is ageing. As of 2015, there are over 46 million people worldwide with dementia, 58% of them live in low and middle income countries. This figure is set to increase to more than 131 million people by 2050.

Much of this increase will be in rapidly developing and heavily populated regions such as China, India and Latin America. Dementia primarily affects older people. Up to the age of 65, dementia develops in only about 1 person in 1000. The chance of having the condition rises sharply with age to 1 person in 20 over the age of 65. Over the age of 80, this figure increases to 1 person in 5.

This is why the more money we can raise for the Alzheimer’s Society, the more research can go into exploring the risks, growth and future response to dementia.

Knowing that myself and 18 other colleagues from my work will be in front of the Eiffel Tower on Sunday 15th July with a glass of fizz having raised at least £750 each will make all the hard work feel worthwhile."

If you would like to help Bethan in her fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society you can visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bethan-strickland