SOMERSET Care’s Frith House care home in Burnham-on-Sea was a welcome sight for two cyclists on a fundraising mission for Alzheimer's charities.

Patrick Patterson and Cristyn Bevan cycled around 200 miles over two days in memory of Patrick's dad, Jim, who spent his final months receiving specialist dementia care at Frith House.

They wanted to conclude their east to west, coast-coast cycle, which began at St Mary's Island, Kent, at the place Jim called home.

The duo arrived to cheers, applause and celebrations at Frith House, with residents and staff waiting to greet them.

Patrick said: "It was absolutely unbelievable to witness the efforts staff and residents went to when we turned the corner into Frith House. We felt like proper athletes, just for a minute.

"Thank you for making this such a memorable occasion and sharing the memories of my Dad, in such a wonderful and touching way."

Vicki Main-Reade, manager of Frith House, said: "Patrick took on an incredible challenge in memory of his dad, and the residents and staff at Frith House wanted to honour Jim's memory by being there as he and Cristyn crossed the finish line.

"We have many fond memories of Jim's time with us, and it was a pleasure to care for him and help him to feel at home.

"As a care home offering specialist dementia care, we see the impact that this disease can have not just on those who live with the condition, but also on their loved ones.

"Somerset Care were pleased to make a donation towards Patrick and Cristyn's fundraising efforts for Alzheimer's Research UK and the Alzheimer's Society."

Patrick and Cristyn have so far raised £5,360 to help fund research into dementia, and support for people who live with the condition.

The money has been split between Alzheimer's Research UK and the Alzheimer's Society.