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Dementia adviser gets on her bike for the Alzheimer’s Society


Dementia adviser Caroline Stone is putting her pedal power to the test by taking part in a 400-mile ride for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Caroline, who works with the society’s Gloucestershire branch, is being joined by her partner Andy Cowen, and friends Dave and Tracy Jones for the gruelling eight-day cycle ride, from Vietnam to Cambodia, which started on February 8.


Andy and Caroline are hoping to raise £2,000 and DoCare is lending a hand by making a donation, while the staff are baking and selling cakes.


“My Nanny Phyl died from Alzheimer's disease in 2005 before I became involved with dementia professionally,” said Caroline. “I watched her dissolve from a vibrant and lively woman into a person who couldn't walk, talk or recognise her own family. As I had grown up with my Nan, this was a devastating experience. This scenario is part of my working day now and each person is another Nanny Phyl, becoming a fragment of their former selves, their families watching them slip away trapped inside their illness.


“I hope that by completing this challenge, we can make a small contribution to improving the care and support for people with dementia, together with providing funds for on-going medical research.”


This is not the first challenge Caroline has undertaken for the Alzheimer’s Society. In 2009, she trekked more than 150 miles in the heat of the Egyptian desert.


To donate to Caroline’s cycle ride, visit, or text VIET51 (add your chosen amount) to 70070. For information relating to dementia please contact the Alzheimer’s national helpline on 0300 2221122.