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Musical Penge family to cycle 900 miles for the Alzheimer’s Society

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 April 2018

Alvin Moisey with his wife Hiroko and their children Reuben and Joshua. Picture: Alvin Moisey

Alvin Moisey with his wife Hiroko and their children Reuben and Joshua. Picture: Alvin Moisey

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A family from Penge, including seven-year-old Joshua and 10-year-old Reuben, will be taking on a mammoth challenge to cycle from Land’s End to John o’Groats this summer, giving piano recitals along the way.

If Joshua makes it, he will be the youngest in history to complete the 900-mile trip.

Alvin Moisey, a concert pianist, will be giving a charity recital in Penge Congregational Church on June 17 as part of the Penge festival, followed by recitals during the journey in Bristol (July 20) and Lancaster (July 19).

Joshua and Reuben, both accomplished pianists, will also be taking part in the concerts.

The Moisey family hopes to raise more than £1,000 by completing the tour.

Mr Moisey said: “We decided to take on this challenge for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of the boys’ grandmother Yvonne, who lived with dementia during the last 10 years of her life.

“It will be hugely demanding, but at the same time a tremendous experience for the children, both of whom are enthusiastic cyclists and pianists.

“We all witnessed my mother’s gradual and heartbreaking decline, and are only too familiar with the many difficulties faced by both sufferers and their families.

“We hope that by raising funds for the charity, vital services and key advice can be provided to support people with dementia, their families and carers.”

Both boys are keen members of Penge Cycling Club, and Rueben has won many first prizes in piano competitions in Beckenham, Bromley and Ealing.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of everyone who, like the Moisey family, takes on a personal challenge in support of Alzheimer’s Society.

“Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge we currently face.

“It affects over 850,000 people in the UK and can have a devastating impact on everyone affected by it.

“Funds like those raised by the Moisey family are crucial in ensuring that Alzheimer’s Society can continue to provide information, advice and support for people affected by dementia.”

Donations in support of Alzheimer’s Society can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/7-for-the-record.

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