A former youth worker who had to retire in his mid-50s due to young-onset Alzheimer’s is to ride 100 miles on his bike to raise funds for charity.
Trevor Wise, 61, was diagnosed with the disease six years ago after colleagues and family noticed he was becoming forgetful and confused.
Tests later confirmed Alzheimer’s disease – the most common cause of dementia –which normally occurs in people aged 65 and over.
Trevor, who lives in Rees Close, Uppingham, is currently taking part in a drug trial which appears to be slowing progression of his Alzheimer’s.
He hopes to raise £3,000 to help fund further research which might lead to better treatments or, one day, a cure.
To raise the money for the Alzheimer’s Society, Trevor will take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event, which begins at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s countryside, before finishing in the Mall.
He will be accompanied on Sunday, July 31, by sons Alex, 28, who lives in Bath and Will, 31, from Market Harborough, who are both former British Schools Cycling Association national champions. Together, they are the “Three Wise Men”.
Trevor said: “I entered the event last year for the same charity and it was really tough – taking six and a half hours. I wanted to prove that Alzheimer’s isn’t a reason to give up on life.
“Unfortunately, a competitor fell seriously ill during the event and the Leith Hill section had to be closed off –meaning I actually got to ride 92 miles instead of 100.
“I felt a bit cheated and decided to try again this year.”
Trevor stepped up his cycling following his diagnosis because doctors said any activity which helps keep the heart healthy is also good for the brain.
Alex and Will will help him round the course because Trevor’s illness means he struggles with spatial awareness and finds it difficult to exert himself for prolonged periods of time.
Trevor added: “This will be my last year in the event because training is getting harder for me, so I’m determined to make it a good one.
“Alzheimer’s affected both my mother and grandfather and now sadly me too. It’s tough but I’m staying positive.
“The drug trial I am on has helped and, hopefully, the charity can continue to investigate new drugs and treatments to help people going through similar experiences.”
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Nick Evans, 29, from Stamford, will also take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle challenge in aid of Action for Children’s Cambridge disability service Haviland Way, where he works years. He hopes to raise £300.