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Cyclist sets sights on supporting Alzheimer’s

Post on 18th June 2019

The loss of his grandad from dementia has spurred on a Halesowen man to tackle a tough 105 mile charity cycle ride just months after buying a bike.

Peter Fell, aged 37, hadn’t been on a bike since he was a teenager but in January he bought a road bike to tackle the annual Wolverhampton to Aberdovey sponsored bike ride. He hopes to raise £500 for Alzheimer’s Society in the challenge on Friday 21 June.

Father-of-two Peter, an optical lab technician at Mersona Ltd in Halesowen, said: “I’ve never done a charity challenge before and I know it will be tough, but it’s for a great cause and in memory of my grandad who passed away in January.

“Friends who are keen cyclists have done the ride before, so I have an idea of what’s involved. I’m training hard and hope to complete the course in eight to ten hours. I’ll be sore at the end but it will be worth it and I want to thank everyone who has sponsored me so far.”

Work colleagues, friends and family have contributed and Halfords in Oldbury sponsored him with cycle gear. Further donations can be made at

Peter’s grandfather Cecil Fell, a retired carpenter from Rugeley, died at the age of 90 after living with dementia for several years.

Alzheimer’s Society is the chosen charity of Mersona, the optical laboratory for Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care.

Scrivens is supporting the charity for a fifth successive year because there is evidence of a link between uncorrected hearing loss and dementia, including Alzheimer’s.