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Virtual cycle challenge raises over £2,000 for local charity


The Old Rectory Basepoint Business Centre in Northfleet, Kent, and local charity, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services, have raised a grand total of £2,711 after participating in a 3,367 mile ‘virtual’ cycle to India.

Michelle Gagie, centre manager at The Old Rectory, and Zoe Chapman, assistant centre manager, both agreed to take part in the virtual bike ride through a series of spinning classes. A collection of volunteers in support of ADSS also took part in the ride, which took them from Gravesend, Kent, to The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The total raised by ADSS supporters inlcuding Basepoint management was £1,355, which has alsp been match-funded by The ACT Foundation taking the grand total to £2,710.

All proceeds will be donated to ADSS, whose primary aim is to enable people with dementia to stay independent. As such, it has developed a specialist service to provide people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with practical and emotional support. 

Michelle Gagie, centre manager at The Old Rectory, comments: “We’re really proud to present this money to ADSS, an incredible charity that’s doing amazing work with people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia in the local area. We had a great time participating in the cycle, and we’ve definitely been feeling a lot fitter since!”