On 17th August, Jeremy Davies set off on an epic cycle from his hometown of Amble all the way to Ljubljana, Slovenia to raise funds and awareness for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). Jeremy set himself this incredible challenge of cycling over 1700 miles, all on a German recumbent (reclined body position) bike, in support of his sister, Philippa, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Jeremy has raised over £6,000, an incredible amount which will be directed towards our pioneering research into a cure for Parkinson’s.

Jeremy set off from his hometown of Amble and travelled southwards through England, crossing the channel and entering France. He cycled south to Geneva via Lyon and then continued on to Italy, passing through Vicenza, Treviso and Trieste before eventually entering Slovenia, and completing the last leg of the journey to its capital, Ljubljana. Along the way, Jeremy camped beneath the stars in increasingly cold temperatures, or stayed with kind families he met along the way. Jeremy said:

“It’s been a great experience and has reassured my faith in humanity. The kindness and generosity of people has rescued me from the doom and gloom of everyday.”

In addition to the wonderful places he visited and people he met, this journey was certainly not without challenge. Jeremy faced 80+km roads, steep inclines including an ascent from sea level up to 667m, and a number of wet and windy days.

Jeremy kept followers updated via his Facebook and Just Giving pages, and even had a dynamo fitted on the front wheel of his bike to charge his devices.

On reaching Ljubljana, Jeremy told his followers:

“Made it!! Wonderful adventure. Great cause and all for the love of Philippa!!! Big hugs to you all and thank you again for all your ideas, help, sponsorship and support. It's been great having you along!”

CPT would like to say a huge thank you to Jeremy for undertaking this challenge of endurance in support of CPT. His dedication to raising both money and awareness for CPT and for the condition throughout his journey has been inspirational.

Jeremy on his recumbent bike

Taking in the sea views!

One of the many long roads Jeremy cycled

Camping en route

Jeremy reaches Ljubljana!

Jeremy’s fundraising page can be found here.

If you have been inspired by Jeremy's story and would like to take part in your own fundraising challenge or event for CPT, please email George or call 020 7487 3892.