PageGroup fundraiser pedals 200 miles for Alzheimers Research UK
PageGroup fundraiser pedals 200 miles for Alzheimer’s Research UK
Enthusiastic fundraiser Mark Beacom, from Edinburgh, is celebrating after completing an exhausting 200-mile cycle ride through Scotland to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Mark, Operating Director at the Edinburgh office of specialist recruitment firm PageGroup, is just one of many staff from the company taking on a challenge in support of the charity. Spurred on by thoughts of his mother and grandmother, who both died with Alzheimer’s disease, Mark and his colleagues raised over £2,000 as a result of the journey on 16 and 17 August, which saw him visit all three of PageGroup’s Scottish offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Alzheimer’s Research UK was selected as PageGroup’s charity partner earlier this year for a two-year partnership, and employees across the country have pledged to cover 200,000 miles between them in a bid to raise £200,000 for dementia research. The money raised will be used to fund two PageGroup Research Scholarships, bringing talented new researchers into the dementia research field on PhD programmes.
Mark, 40, was joined on the ride by colleagues Murray Robertson, who works at PageGroup’s Edinburgh office, and Daryl Harper, who is based in Glasgow. Together they started their challenge in Glasgow on Friday 16 August, cheered on by staff at the company’s office there, before heading east to Edinburgh and on to Dundee. The second day of the challenge saw them hug the coastline as they rode north, passing through some stunning landscapes for a demanding journey that finished in Aberdeen on Saturday 17 August.
Mark talked about the mammoth cycle ride and his motivation for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK:“It was a really great trip and fantastic to share it with Murray and Daryl. On the first day we covered 110 miles and it was tough getting back on the saddle the next morning. But we were determined to do it and raise much needed money for research to defeat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
“Having lost both my mum and my grandmother to Alzheimer’s I’m all too aware of the impact of this devastating disease and the need for new treatments. Mum lost the last decade of her life to Alzheimer’s and it was hard to see such a strong and capable lady lose all her basic skills and abilities – in the end she couldn’t do anything for herself.
“It’s made me determined to do everything I can to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and it’s fantastic to know that PageGroup staff across the country are pulling together to help. Despite getting drenched in torrential rain during the last 25 miles of our 200 mile cycle, we were still smiling at the end - knowing we’d raised over £2,000 for the research experts was a great feeling.”
Miranda Johnson, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “This is a fantastic challenge! We can’t thank Mark and his colleagues enough for going to such lengths in support of our work. Their fundraising has given a much-needed boost to dementia research, helping to bring new scientists into the field to find answers to important dementia research questions.
“Nearly 5,000 people are living with dementia in Edinburgh alone, and research is crucial if we are to find new treatments that can make a real difference to people’s lives. We rely on our wonderful supporters to fund our pioneering research, and it’s thanks to people like Mark and the staff at PageGroup that we’re able to continue our work.”