Hatfield father and son use pedal power to support charity
A Hatfield man and his father are cycling 525km each in memory of a mother and wife who died of Alzheimer’s.
Phil Robinson, 46, of Park Meadow, is using pedal power to travel from London to Paris in four days for the Alzheimer’s Society, in honour of his mum Barbara Robinson.
The charity bike ride starts in London on July 19.
Phil’s dad, Richard Robinson, 75, who is retired, has taken up a different challenge that was created by Phil’s wife. Richard is cycling the 525km between now and July and will finish at the same time that Phil does.
Phil, who works for Vici Resourcing Ltd, said: “At the age of 75 after not cycling for 15 years he has had his bike serviced and is trying to do at least 30 to 40 miles every week, which is amazing and it’s kick-started him getting fit again.”
Barbara died in September 2015 of Alzheimer’s, after suffering from the disease for three years.
During that time her husband Richard cared for her 24/7 for two-and-a-half years until he couldn’t any longer as the disease accelerated so quickly.
Phil said: “My dad was amazing considering that he never cooked and cleaned and was always the breadwinner and my mum was at home looking after myself and my brother.
“He taught himself to cook and looked after my mum and did all the cleaning and more.”
Barbara and Richard were members of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and governors at Countess Anne while their two sons attended the school and were also on the PTA at Onslow St Audrey’s.
The family also played a huge part in helping out at the St Etheldreda’s Church.
Phil said: “My mum was a really caring and loving individual who did lots for charities and the elderly in our network of contacts.
“She always had a smile on her face and would help anyone. She was such a rock in my life and I miss her loads.”
Phil added: “It’s such a horrible disease and very difficult for any family that is having to deal with it, so I am keen to raise as much as I can.”
Phil and Richard’s target was to raise £1,500, but they have already exceeded that and have now raised just over £2,000.
To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PhilRobinson-LondontoParis