Sheffield step-brothers in world challenge for dementia cause

Alex Saxon and Kevan Pulfrey prepare to set off around the world in their Tuk Tuk from SMC in Sheffield
Alex Saxon and Kevan Pulfrey prepare to set off around the world in their Tuk Tuk from SMC in Sheffield
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A DARING duo from Sheffield have ‘tuk’ the high road on an unusual fundraising quest to help dementia sufferers.

Step-brothers Kevan Pulfrey and Alexander Saxon, both from Hillsborough, have embarked on their epic journey to see the seven modern wonders of the world - in a three-wheeled tuk tuk.

The journey will take them 65,000 kilometres to boost the coffers of charities the Alzheimer’s Society and War Child.

Kevan, 41, and Alexander, 30, are completing the challenge in memory of their grandmothers Madge and Margaret, who both had dementia and also hope to break the world record for the longest distance travelled in a rickshaw.

Kevan said: “This is why we are so keen to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

“Watching my grandmother’s deterioration was heartbreaking for our family, especially seeing how lonely and isolated she became, even with our help and support.

“It’s really important to raise awareness of dementia as it affects 800,000 people across the UK. “We hope to raise lots of money that can go towards helping people live well with the condition today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.’

Alexander added: “Dementia caused great distress to both our families.

“My grandmother, who lived on her own, became very adept at disguising her condition.

“She eventually saw a specialist, but was misdiagnosed, and forcibly removed from her home to hospital under the Mental Health Act.

“She lived for a number of years in a care home, but passed away on returning to hospital suffering with pneumonia.”

Highlights along the pair’s journey include the Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan and India’s Taj Mahal.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are very grateful to Alex and Kevan for their generous efforts in taking on this tough challenge.

“Their fundraising will make a difference to so many people with dementia and their carers.”

Corporate sponsors are still being sought for the journey.

■ Visit www.tukthehighroad.com for more details to help boost Kevan’s and Alexander’s cause.