Cycling, silliness and spinning raises £600 for Age Concern Exmouth in memory of much-loved father-in-law

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 August 2018

Nicky Burnett, a childminder from Withycombe Raleigh, and Laura Garnoire, a fitness instructor with LED Leisure, recently joined forces and held a spinathon fundraiser.
Nicky was keen to raise funds in memory of her father-in-law, Andrew Burnett - pictured here - who died a year ago after battling dementia.

Nicky Burnett, a childminder from Withycombe Raleigh, and Laura Garnoire, a fitness instructor with LED Leisure, recently joined forces and held a spinathon fundraiser. Nicky was keen to raise funds in memory of her father-in-law, Andrew Burnett - pictured here - who died a year ago after battling dementia.

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Cycling and silliness in memory of a much-loved father-in-law has raised £600 for Age Concern Exmouth.

Nicky Burnett, a childminder from Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth, and Laura Garnoire, a fitness instructor with LED Leisure, recently joined forces and held a spinathon fundraiser.

Nicky was keen to raise funds in memory of her father-in-law, Andrew Burnett, who died a year ago after battling dementia.

Gill Smith, chief officer at Age Concern Exmouth, said: “Laura knew that Nicky had lost her father-in-law Andrew Burnett to dementia a year ago and wanted to help her to raise some money in his memory.

“Both ladies have a love of fitness and particularly spinning and so when Laura suggested a spinathon, Nicky was only too keen.”

The women set up a commemorative spinning event in Andrew’s name; 30 bikes were available at a cost of £10 per bike for this one-off event.

The bikers wore silly sunglasses and took part in an extra- long, extra tough spinning session led by Laura.

“As well as the donations from the spinners, they raised a further £300 from donations and well-wishers.

Gill said: “Nicky and her family wanted the funds to go to a local charity that she knows work closely with those families and friends affected by dementia and so Age Concern Exmouth were nominated for the outstanding work they do with such people.

She added: “Not only does Age Concern Exmouth offer a safe haven for those going through such a diagnosis in their well-being centre, in Rolle Street, but they also work closely with families and friends when a breakdown may be occurring to help them to find solutions to make things work for them as a family unit.

“They offer a respite service to families who may need a break providing well trained and supportive carers and run a monthly dementia carers support group for those carers to have time to be with others in a similar situation.

“Without the support of people like Nicky and Laura, Age Concern Exmouth, who receive no Government funding have an uphill battle to keep the lights on and the doors open.”

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