April 23rd 2020


Nelson family bike ride

SI Jordan Nelson and father Capt John Nelson cycling for Dementia

Local Cadet Sergeant Instructor Jordan Nelson, along with his family, are cycling to raise money for Dementia as part of their Covid-19 fitness regime.

Jordan’s #CyclingForDementia challenge includes a 100 mile bike ride over the course of a month, on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society and in memory of his grandfather, who passed away in December 2013 from the disease.

Jordan’s family are all involved with the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (Lincs ACF):  his father Captain John Nelson is Officer Commanding 2 Squadron: his mother Sarah Nelson is a former Cadet Force Adult Volunteer and his sister, Emily Nelson, is Bandmaster of Lincs ACF County Band.  They started this challenge on the 12th of April, and have a target of reaching 100 miles by the 12th of May.

bike ride views

View from the River Trent

One of the Nelson family’s cycling routes takes them via Fledborough Viaduct, taking advantage of the disused railway line through Skellingthorpe that has been recently taken over by the National Cycling Network. This track leads them onto the scenic views down the river Trent, before taking them down the old train stations of Doddington, Harby and Clifton on Trent.

Jordan had a very close relationship with his grandfather and they used to spend time together ‘making things in the shed at the bottom of the garden’. They enjoyed going out for bike rides together, which is what led Jordan to decide on his cycling for dementia challenge.

‘Dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. It is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. To read more information on Dementia and the Alzheimer’s disease visit

To help Sergeant Instructor Jordan Nelson on his mission to raise money for dementia and the Alzheimer’s Society, in memory of his grandad, please click here to donate.