Nurse cycles for patients

JPCT 10-04-12 Broadbridge Heath Jenny Beattie, Practice Nurse,  raising money by cycling from London to Paris for the Alzheimer's Society   S12150641a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 10-04-12 Broadbridge Heath Jenny Beattie, Practice Nurse, raising money by cycling from London to Paris for the Alzheimer's Society S12150641a -photo by Steve Cobb

A PRACTICE nurse is racing 320 miles from London to Paris in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to her heart because of her patients, this June.

Jenny Beattie, 44, who lives in Broadbridge Heath’s Thelton Avenue, set herself an original fundraising goal of £1,400, but has already eclipsed £2,000 thanks to help from family and friends.

Practising for 17 years, she started at Burgess Hill’s Silverdale Surgery in 1998, and began additional work at Horsham’s Courtyard Surgery in 2010.

She said: “It’s an area where there needs to be more research and a charity close to work and my heart. When you are going into the homes of those affecting by the condition and you see people in their own environment it’s very different.”

320 miles may seem like a lot to some, but Jenny is unfazed by the four-day journey, having done similar rides from London to Brighton in the past.

Training is not proving to be too difficult she says, when she can make the time for it in between her shifts and looking after her two children.

She will be one of a group of riders who will cycle down to the Kent coast, take the ferry over the France before continuing to the French capital this summer.

To donate or to check up on Jenny’s fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/Jenny-Beattie