Paul's going on a Ride To Remember to honour his late mum

Paul Brown will take part in the Ride to Remember to fulfil a request from his mother.
Paul Brown will take part in the Ride to Remember to fulfil a request from his mother. Contributed

PAUL Brown is about to leave on a journey across the world to fulfil his late mother's greatest wish.

The 51-year-old Caloundra man has pledged to ride from Australia to Bishop Auckland in the UK to take his mother's ashes back to her birthplace - somewhere she remembered fondly.

Pat Brown died in May 2012 after a nine-year battle with dementia.

To honour his mother and raise awareness and funds for Neuroscience Research Australia, Mr Brown will make the epic solo trip across the globe in the Ride to Remember, starting April 3.

Inspired by seeing his mother in the home and the other residents' struggles with Alzheimer's, the experienced motorcyclist will travel up to Alice Springs, down to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney Canberra and back to the Sunshine Coast.

His bike will then be transported overseas for the journey across Russia towards the UK.

Mr Brown said it was a nine-month journey he had to do for his mum.

"I watched on helplessly as this cruel disease slowly took my mother from a vibrant alive person to someone I barely recognised, unable to speak, walk and even feed herself," he said.

"As this disease progresses sufferer's recall times long passed.

"My mother would often call for her mother, telling me she needed to go home 'I want to go home back to Bishop Auckland' she repeated over and over calling out for her mum.

"It is my determination to return my mother to Bishop Auckland, to lay her ashes next to that of her mother's in a tiny cemetery in the grounds of St James church, Coundon."

Mrs Brown gave up her career and ties with parents, brother and sister in 1963 to immigrate to New Zealand with her husband Michael and then 18-month-old Paul.

Her son came to the Sunshine Coast in 2005 and his mother stayed in NZ, but her deteriorating condition meant she also moved to Australia as well.

She lived with Paul for the first six months, before moving to a low care facility in Caloundra and then high care.

Paul welcomes anyone to join him during the ride. To donate visit or phone 0402 079 476.

Topics:  dementia fundraiser

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