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In for a penny, in for a pound

PUBLISHED: 15:58 14 June 2019

If you have spotted the perplexing sight of a penny farthing being ridden through our towns and villages, then you have witnessed Peter Berry training for an upcoming charity ride.

If you have spotted the perplexing sight of a penny farthing being ridden through our towns and villages, then you have witnessed Peter Berry training for an upcoming charity ride.

Mr Berry and four others, including his training partner Deb Bunt, are embarking on the Four Counties Bike Ride challenge beginning on June 23.

The group will travel across Suffolk, Cambridge, Lincoln and Norfolk, in aid of Young Dementia UK.

Mr Berry, 54, has early onset dementia and was diagnosed at the age of 50.

Mr Berry can lose the thread of a conversation sometimes, especially when he is tired, so he may forget where he is in a discussion.

However, in spite of this debilitating condition, Mr Berry tries to bring about positive changes and is a regular speaker at Alzheimer's shows in London where he has been interviewed by Angela Rippon.

Ms Bunt said that Mr Berry "just talks as he thinks" and that "there is no preparation involved."

It was to raise awareness about dementia that Mr Berry had decided on the idea of the penny farthing bike ride challenge travelling through Woodbridge during his training.

Last year he raised £6000 with a cycle expedition from Aberystwyth to Aldeburgh, a total of 360 miles.

Mr Berry has been supported through his preparation by his wife, Teresa, and his daughter, Kate.

"It is important to remember," said Mr Berry, "that a diagnosis of dementia is not just a diagnosis for the individual, but it's a diagnosis for the whole family."

As well as taking on the cycling challenge Mr Berry has also taken part in the filming of a new television program, 'The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes', a 4 part series which began on Channel 4 on June 12.

The show features a restaurant which is staffed entirely by people with dementia to highlight the need for more support in the workplace.

To find out more about Mr Berry's challenge visit his Facebook page.

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