Fundraising challenge

Steve Docherty is waved off by staff and residents at St Vincent House residential home in Gosport as he starts a weeks-worth of charity challenges to raise money for Dementia Awareness.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (150844-1)
Steve Docherty is waved off by staff and residents at St Vincent House residential home in Gosport as he starts a weeks-worth of charity challenges to raise money for Dementia Awareness.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150844-1)
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UNEXPECTED hailstorms and a tumble off his bike didn’t stop a fundraiser from completing a four-day challenge for dementia care homes.

Steve Docherty, pictured, totted up more than 60 miles by running and cycling over the past four days during Dementia Awareness Week.

The 52-year-old, who is an executive advisor for company St Vincent Care Homes, which specialises in dementia care, ran and cycled between each of the firm’s four homes in Gosport, Southsea and two on the Isle of Wight.

He said: ‘It was quite tough – more so because of the weather which I wasn’t expecting to be so bad.

‘When I was running by the Hilsea Lido it was particularly windy and that was very difficult.

‘Although I knew it was going to rain, I didn’t expect the hailstones so that was something that also added to the challenge.

‘I also took a stumble on the Isle of Wight and by the end of it my legs were very tired.

‘But it was absolutely worth it because I wanted to raise money for each of the homes as that will go directly into helping residents.’

Steve’s journey saw him run 14 miles on Monday, cycle 22 miles on Tuesday, another 22-mile cycle on Wednesday and a 13-mile cycle and run to Gosport yesterday.

Each of the four homes has been asking staff, visitors and families for contributions – with the care home firm promising it will match any funds raised up to £500 for the home that collects the most money.

Steve added: ‘I’m hoping I will have raised up to £1,000, which will be fantastic.

‘I will definitely do something again though it will probably be something completely different.’