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E.ON employee cycles 100 miles to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

I decided to take on the tough challenge of cycling 100 miles to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society because sadly my mother has suffered from this terrible disease for over 15 years now.
Peter Steel, E.ON

Rayleigh resident Peter Steel has successfully cycled 100 miles from London to Surrey as part of the ‘Ride London-Surrey 100’ to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society, E.ON’s official charity partner.

Peter, who lives in Rayleigh in Essex and works in E.ON’s Field Operations Team chose to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Society for personal reasons and has so far raised more than £950 for the charity.

 

Peter said: “I decided to take on the tough challenge of cycling 100 miles to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society because sadly my mother has suffered from this terrible disease for over 15 years now.

“It’s been really heart breaking for my family to see my mother slowly going downhill and not able to communicate properly anymore. I hope by raising money for the charity I can help to support anyone affected by dementia and hopefully prevent others from having to go through what we have.”

Sonal Bhatt, Alzheimer’s Society Corporate Account Officer, said:  “It’s really heart-warming to see the amount of commitment and enthusiasm Peter and other E.ON volunteers have been putting into fundraising for our Dementia Support Workers and we’re really grateful for all of E.ON’s support.

“All of the money raised by E.ON employees and donated by the company will be used to fund Dementia Support Workers who work in the community, including in and around Essex. Dementia Support Workers provide support, information and guidance to people affected by dementia to help maintain their independence, improving their sense of wellbeing and putting them in more control of their lives. They assist people affected by dementia to identify their needs and access to services.”

Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as E.ON’s official charity partner by colleague vote. The two-year relationship began in the summer of 2016 with the aim of donating £200,000 to the charity.

For more information about accessing the Dementia Support Workers service, please call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 11 22.

For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity

 

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Photos show Peter with his medal on his bike after completing the cycle ride, and with his mum, who has Alzheimer's disease.

For more information contact:

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183 681, Jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

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