Grandma inspires an emotional adventure

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NOVICE bikers dubbed Sheila’s Wheels hit the road to raise money for dementia charity Lost Chord - and clocked up £6,500 over 115 miles!

Grandma Sheila Orton, from Doncaster, had Alzheimer’s Disease and spent her last few months in the town’s Amethyst House Residential Home. It was there she was entertained by musicians from Lost Chord, the charity that provides musical stimulation for people with dementia in care homes.

Following her death, her family decided they wanted to do something for Lost Chord as a thank you - so Sheila’s Wheels was born, a sponsored six-man bike ride from Amethyst House to Northampton.

The event was organised by Sheila’s grandson Dean Wilburn and Darren Curtis, whose partner Lindsey is Sheila’s granddaughter.

“We wanted an event that gave something back in Sheila’s memory,” said Darren, who came from Northampton but lives in Doncaster.

“We finally arrived to a hero’s welcome with 150 people lining the street with banners, horns and flags! It was an extremely emotional experience and one we think Grandma would have been ever so ever so proud of us for organising.”