Weʼre raising £2,600 to Raise money for Friends of Young Onset Dementia, Pembrokeshire & Alzheimer's Research
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As you all know my Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's over three years ago and coming to terms with the diagnosis has not been the easiest road for us as a family. Dad had to close the family business and Mum has become Dad's carer, but living 200 miles away I have found it difficult to help in anyway apart from turning up every few weeks with washing and gin! I have made the decision that from the 28/4/18 - 27/4/19 my 26th year I am going to complete 2600km. This will be on a 5km a day basis but increasing the total distance with longer distances including the Cardiff Half Marathon, Tough Mudder, training runs and long hikes. The longer I have had to comprehend the commitment of the challenge I am tired already!!
This challenge is all about commitment, as any as a carer of a family member with dementia knows there is no break, if you feel poorly or simply don't fancy it today which is why everyday rain or shine, UK or abroad I will be out and about!
You may wonder why this is a crowd funding page rather that an justgiving page and I have deliberated over this for weeks! As I want to split the money between both Alzheimers Research UK and the local charity who are currently supporting my parents and other families in Pembrokeshire this was the only way to faciliate this. 'Friends of Young Onset dementia, Pembrokeshire' are a small but brilliant charity who cant afford to become members of the fundraising sites so at the end of the year I will split the money and distribute it with pictures!
Friends of Young Onset Dementia, Pembrokeshire' - The money that we raise is used to provide opportunities to engage in meaningful activities for people with young onset dementia. People with young onset dementia as you know have very different needs to older people with this condition e.g they are often still physically fit and able, have different interests etc and our aim is to support them to remain as active as possible for as long as possible. They should not have to use the same services as for instance a patient who could in their 80's or 90's just because they are suffering with the same condition.
Dementia is a cruel illness and for younger people who are just about to embark upon retirement after many years in work this is even more so the case. We established our group so that they have the opportunity to meet with others who are experiencing similar issues and the money raised just means that a variety of activities can be carried out ranging from going walking, visiting the theatre or going on a boat trip. Money can be an issue for this client group as they may have had to give up work, still have dependents etc. In addition having 'a fund' means that even when we go to a café it is far easier to order and pay as one group rather than individual clients (who may be experiencing problems with using money) pay for themselves.
So please dig deep and help me put some money into dementia services in Pembrokeshire and the research behind this cruel disease so that some day no other daughter will have to fear the day her Dad and hero will no longer know who she is! I would really love to raise £1 for each km i am going to complete!
If you would like to join me at any point for a run let me know... there will be 365 of them... wish me luck by golly, am i going to need it!!
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