HMT St Hugh’s Porter, Nick Walker, is set to take on a London to Paris ride to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society this September.
The former fire-fighter, who lives with his wife and extended family in Laceby, is embarking on the ride in the memory of the loved ones he has sadly lost to the disease.
54-year-old Nick said: “I have been training hard, cycling 100 to 150 miles every week on the bike, and I have completed the Ross Tiger sportive 100 mile cycle ride which was held on the 2nd August 2015, I used this event as an endurance trial for my forthcoming charity cycle ride.
“I know the London to Paris event will be tough but it is for such a good cause. I lost my aunt and my uncle to Alzheimer’s and I have other close family members who are affected. It is a cruel disease because it feels like you lose someone twice when they have Alzheimer’s – once when the changes kick in and then again when the disease finally takes them, so I am pleased to be raising money for the charity.”
Nick joined the HMT St Hugh’s team two and a half years ago, and has praised his colleagues, family and friends for their fundraising support.
“I love working at St Hugh’s – we enjoy a lot of banter and there is a great atmosphere among us as colleagues. I have been grateful for the amount of support my workmates have given me too. They have helped me get close to my target of £1500 already but I am keen to raise as much as possible.
“And my wife Susan is a great support. She is behind me all the way. She even put up with me taking my bike on holiday with us to Spain recently so I could keep up the training!”
Sporty Nick was a keen ice hockey, roller hockey and football player during his younger years, and now has a real passion for cycling.
“It is addictive because it is so enjoyable. It is great for stamina, it has helped me lose weight and it has given me some great friendships too.”
Tony Barratt, Chief Executive of the Healthcare Management Trust, said: “We are very proud of Nick for putting in so much hard work to get ‘race fit’ and we wish him every success for his London to Paris cycle ride. Giving to the community and to charity is an important part of what we do at HMT and I know many of our staff, like Nick, feel the same way.
“We are also keen supporters of cycling as a means of getting fit and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle, by backing local clubs and cycling events, including the National Cycling Championships, so I’m delighted to hear that Nick is getting so much out of the sport.”
Show your support to Nick on his London to Paris cycle, visit his Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Nick-Walker834/