Team Katy 4 Corners

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Late last year my mother, Kate, was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

As a result, between the 8th and 26th of August 2013 my mother and step-father, Mick, uncle Colin, and fiancé Zoë will travel over 2,000 miles aboard a Classic Triumph Bonneville outfit, a Royal Enfield classic and a Yamaha tricycle. The outfit has been owned by Mick from new in 1981 and the Meteor sidecar (moulded from a genuine wartime Mosquito drop tank) was fitted in 2011. The Royal Enfield has been donated by Hitchcock’s Motorcycles for the duration of the ride.

Currently there are around 800,000 people in the UK who suffer from Dementia, with 496,000 of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Dementia and Alzheimer’s affect the brain structure and initially leads to confusion, forgetting people’s names, appointments and recent events. People also experience mood swings and frustration before becoming withdrawn and having difficulty carrying out every day activities such as using a TV remote, counting their change at the shop. As Alzheimer’s progresses people will need more and more support from those around them; eventually they will need help with all of their daily activities.

Every penny we raise in sponsorship will go to the Alzheimer’s Society to fund research into this debilitating condition, which hopes one day to be able to find a cure and also to provide support and care for the families of those suffering with the disease.

The ride will start at the Tri Anglia Wheels Sidecar Rally in Bedfordshire, from where a trip to Lowestoft Ness will be made. This is the first of the so called Four Corners of Britain and from there Lizard Point in Cornwall and Ardnamurchan Point and Dunnet Head in Scotland form the Southerly, Westerly and most Northerly corners. The epic ride will end at The Federation of Sidecar Clubs National Rally at Selby. Just for good measure we will include Land’s End and John O’ Groats in the itinery and call in on the premises of each sponsor en-route.

Mick and Kate are both members of the VMCC, Tres Rota Sidecar Club and The Federation of Sidecar Clubs at whose last National Rally the outfit was awarded the Robert Robson Shield for The Oldest British Combination attending.

Zoë is a complete motorcycling novice who has very bravely decided to join us on the back of the Royal Enfield. She is far more used to something with four legs that is a lot larger. My Uncle Colin has also only recently started to ride, being spurred on by my Mum’s diagnosis, he wanted to join us to help raise as much money as possible.

There is a dedicated Facebook Page ‘Team Katy’ and a Twitter Page @TKaty4Corners all with a link to a Just Giving donation site

To date the following have pledged support with goods or services to help our goal of raising the maximum amount for the Alzheimer’s Society both during and in the period leading up to the run. Team Katy would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this ride possible:

• Anson Classics: Sidecar Check and Service
• Avon Tyres: Bike Tyres
• Carole Nash: Free Bike Insurance for Triumph
• Davida UK: Helmet Visors
• Hagon Ltd: Rear Shocks
• Hitchcock’s Motorcycles: Loan of Royal Enfield
• Norman Hyde Ltd: Triumph Spares
• Morgo Power Equipment: Rotary Oil Pump and Gauge
• Principal Insurance: Heavily Discounted Insurance for Royal Enfield
• Rex Caunt Racing: Engineering Assistance
• Ride on Direct: Discounted Riding Gear

In the last month we have attended the Carole Nash Newark Bike Bonanza at the Newark Showground where we raised £84.99 in the collection jar. At last count we had £380 donated on the Just Giving site, as well as £113 from a collection day at Grantham Asda. Our target on Just Giving is to raise £1,000, but I really want to beat that.

Whilst we were at the Bike Bonanza we managed to secure a hefty discount on some riding gear for my fiancé, from Ride on Direct. My uncle also managed to secure us some Hi-Vis jackets with Team Katy on the back for just £5 each, down from £25 each. Principal Insurance have also given a massive discount on the insurance for the Royal Enfield, which has further reduced the financial burden that we face in making the ride possible. Seeing people come together and support us has been an overwhelming feeling, but as the date for the ride looms closer we’re starting to realise just how much we’ve set ourselves up for.

I know that many of you are feeling the pinch at the moment, but if you can, please give just a small amount; when you add up all of the small amounts that people donate the end result can be quite astounding. This is a cause that is incredibly close to my heart and I want my mother to know that she has done something to help.

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