Family and friends from Holt gear up for big 316-mile charity cycle ride to raise money for Parkinson’s UK

A family from Holt has enlisted the help of friends to take on a gruelling 316-mile cycle ride across Britain to raise money for suffers of Parkinson's disease.

It comes after 55-year-old chef Paul Abendroth who, since being diagnosed with the condition in 2009, has embarked on a fundraising mission to help other sufferers.

Joining the team will be Mr Abendroth's children Rachel, 25, and Luke 23, who have already helped raise �10,000 for Parkinson's UK - a charity helping to support and research the neurological disease for which at the moment there is no cure.

Luke, who works as assistant deli manager with his parents at Byfords delicatessen and restaurant in Holt, said they would be starting from Holyhead in Anglesey to finish four days later at Sheringham beach.

The idea of the cycle challenge sprung from a two-day, 50-mile walk from the Assembly House in Norwich to Holt for the same cause.

Since 2004, Mr Adendroth has run the pasty and pastry side of Byfords and his wife Pat, 50, is the delicatessen manager.

Daughter Rachel, a full-time American studies student, praised owner Iain Wilson for his help in supporting their fund-raising efforts.

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'Everyone has been so supportive,' she said. 'We just need to get the awareness out there because there is not a cure yet and many people still do not understand the symptoms. It's not just about shaky hands but sufferers can also be affected with stumbling over words and shuffling while walking.

'We need to help Parkinson's sufferers to get on in life by making people aware of their symptoms.'

As well as the bike ride, which sees the team leaving Wales on July 9, Byfords will be hosting another event inviting people to cycle the same distance on three static cycles outside the restaurant on June 5 from 10am.

The group will also be asking people to sign-up to cycle parts of the last leg of the journey covering the Norfolk coastline.

? For more information or to donate please visit or text PEDL55 to 70070 to donate �5 directly.

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