Former Harpenden teacher completes Alzheimer’s Challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:00 16 September 2013

Richard during the walk

Richard during the walk

Richard Gibbs

RECENTLY retired teacher Richard Gibbs has not been putting his feet up since leaving St George’s School in Harpenden.

He has been in training for a 26-mile Alzheimer’s Challenge which he successfully completed in seven and a half hours on Saturday September 7.

Richard chose to support the charity because his 90-year-old mother who lives in Grace Muriel House in St Albans has been diagnosed with dementia.

He also felt he wanted to do something challenging and useful to kick off his retirement.

He was among 750 participants who crossed Salisbury Plain then followed the Kennet and Avon Canal before climbing to Milk Hill above Pewsey Vale and then descending to Silbury Hill and the Avebury Stone Circles. The walk took place in perfect weather.

Richard said: “It was brilliant. I was a bit worried about whether I would be fit enough but I really wanted to do something challenging and useful to kick off my retirement and most importantly I wanted to support this charity.”

He pointed out that Alzheimer’s was an illness which could affect anyone and the charity needed support to continue its work and research.

Richard has raised over £1,700 so far and donations can still be made to

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