Now, much to the surprise of those who know me, I have signed up to run a half marathon! I wouldn’t particularly say I’m a ‘New Years Resolution’ kind of girl, but I made a promise to myself this year to up my fitness. Last year I joined the gym, but I have a tendency to focus on weight training rather than cardio, so signing up to a half marathon means I have to get my act together and start running.
I’m not going at this alone, luckily I’ve found myself a running partner. My friend, Chloe, has recently lost her grandfather to Alzheimer’s so felt very strongly about the charity that we raised money for. Having volunteered in a care home specifically catering to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, I understood how strongly she felt. Dementia itself is not a disease, but a collection of symptoms that occur when brain cells stop working. For those with dementia and the family and friends surrounding them, dementia can be very scary. Alzheimer’s Research invests donations into pioneering research aiming to find a cure and making the lives of those affected by dementia that little bit less scary.
Some facts about dementia:
Over 850,000 people live with Dementia in the UK and that number is rapidly rising.
At £24 billion each year, dementia costs the UK economy more than cancer and heart disease combined but over two thirds of the care for Dementia patients is paid for by themselves or their family.
£20 could fund one hour of vital research
£50 could provide access to specialist equipment for studying cells
£120 could support complex protein analysis
£300 could pay for a genetic test to help identify risk genes
Below is the link to donate, what ever you can spare will be greatly appreciated. For every penny we raise, we’ll run the half marathon a second faster.
I will be posting updates along the way to track our progress, donations wise and physically.
Thank you x
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