Wisbech couple raise £1,850 for Alzheimer’s Society after cycling from London to Paris

PUBLISHED: 14:22 06 January 2011

Neil Rotherham and Tasnime Jennings take a rest at the Eiffel Tower after completing their 320-mile London to Paris bike ride.

Neil Rotherham and Tasnime Jennings take a rest at the Eiffel Tower after completing their 320-mile London to Paris bike ride.

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A COUPLE from Wisbech have given a charity the perfect new year’s gift after raising almost £2,000 by cycling from London to Paris.

The gruelling 320-mile journey was completed by Tasnime Jennings and her boyfriend Neil Rotherham last autumn.

The pair raised £1,850 for the Alzheimer’s Society, thanks to sponsorship from friends, family and construction company Kier Eastern.

Tasnime, who works for the Wisbech-based firm, said: “We were always last as everyone else was like Lance Armstrong!

“The scariest moment was cycling around the Arc de Triomphe; I’ve never feared for my life so much.

“But the best feeling in the world came when we cycled around the Eiffel Tower, and everyone stopped in the streets to cheer us on. All the pain, sweat and tears were worth it for that one moment.”

After receiving the cheque from the intrepid cyclists, Alzheimer’s Society director of fundraising & marketing, Jo Swinhoe, said: “We are delighted that Tasnime and Neil gave their time to support the Alzheimer’s Society and raised £1,850 which goes directly to the charity.

“One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. It is more than just memory loss; it robs people of their lives and has a terrible impact on families and loved ones.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Tasnime and Neil to help us continue our vital work so that the Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”


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