A CYCLIST is taking on an epic 300-mile journey from capital city to capital city to raise money for charity.

Maldon resident Roy Thorogood, 55, is teaming up with his colleagues from Specsavers to take part in the London to Paris Bike Ride.

The event, which takes place in July, hopes to raise £10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Essex regional manager Roy said: “My personal goal is £1,600 but we will try to raise our £10,000 target as a company.

“We’ve previously cycled shorter routes around Essex during Dementia Awareness Week, raising more than £3,000 in the past two years for the charity.

“This is great but this year we’re pushing our challenge even further.

“People often see me cycling around the area so I’m no stranger to it – but 300 miles over six to seven days is a different matter.

“I’m excited but it’s definitely a challenge. It will mean weekends at the gyms and an extra few spin classes but it’s for a great cause.

“My aunt had Alzheimer’s disease and my friend’s dad had it as well.

“It’s a cause that’s close to my heart and that of many directors and colleagues at Specsavers, so if there is anything I can do to help, I will do it.

“For the ride itself we have about four or five directors from Essex but I’m looking to push it out further to other directors in other regions.

“However, this race is part of a combination of things we are doing to raise money.

“There’s also plans for dress-down Fridays and cake sales.

“The Alzheimer’s Society do fantastic work supporting the 820,000 people in the UK who are affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as their 23 million friends and family.”

Many Specsavers staff members across Essex have received training to become Dementia Friends and support those affected in their community.

Dementia Awareness Week runs from May 20-24.

For details, visit justgiving.com/roy-thorogood-specsavers.