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Fab four set for charity trek

A ‘fab four’ of intrepid trekkers from David Barber Occupational Health are set to face a 60-mile hike along the oldest path in Britain to raise money for charities which support people living with Alzheimer's.

Company founder David and wife Denise will be joining forces with fellow director Lisa Cooke and her husband, Tim, to face the 2019 Race to the Stones challenge, a two-day trek from the Chilterns to the mystical North Wessex Downs, through some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes.

The 60-mile route will lead the quartet past Bronze Age forts, ancient burial chambers and Roman river crossings, culminating at the largest Neolithic stone circle in Europe, at Avebury.

They are taking on the challenge to raise cash for two charities, the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK.

Lisa’s dad, Les, was diagnosed with the condition 13 years ago, aged 61, shortly after retiring from British Bakeries where he had worked for over 35 years as a mechanical engineer.

He deteriorated gradually over the years and went to a residential home seven years ago when her mum, Jennifer, was diagnosed with cancer which she overcame and has been clear of since.

Les was moved to a nursing home just before Christmas as he is at the end stage of the disease and needs more one-to-one care.

The team are taking part in the event, on 13-14 July, which is Les’ 75th birthday.

They are currently hitting the hills locally and putting in the miles to prepare for the challenge, which includes climbs of more than 3,700 ft.

Lisa said:

“It was a huge shock when dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and as the condition has progressed, he has needed more and more care.

“We are doing this for him and also to raise vital funds for two great causes which support people living with Alzheimer's and their families, such as us.”

If you would like to sponsor Lisa, Tim, David and Denise, you can do so at


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