There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that's one every three minutes!! 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia so chances are you know a few people who will be affected by this disease. David Walton, mine and Mimi’s beloved Grandad, was one of those statistics and he unfortunately lost his life in June 2017.
As many people know Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease, it strips people of their memories, their abilities and ultimately of who they are. For anyone who has experienced the effects it has on not only the person but to their loved ones will know how heart breaking it can be. I, along with many others have experienced this; watching mine and Laura’s grandad sadly go through the progressive stages that stole him from us. It is a helpless feeling but I want to be able to help and make a difference in the way that I can, to raise money to help those with dementia and their loved ones live well and one day live in a world where dementia has no place. A 24 mile walk and up 3 hills is a minor struggle compared to the struggle those with dementia face every day. One day it will be a curable disease and we will be a part of making that happen.
Planet Earth has no room for Alzheimer's and it's about time we put on our steel toe'd walking boots and kicked its butt!
Seeing my beautiful, fun loving, brutally honest(!) Grandma, Alice Kennedy, gradually stripped of her amazing traits by this hiddeous disease, is something that no individual, or their family, should have to stand and watch - and we will stand for it no more!
Blisters and excessive chaffing are a small price to pay to support such an amazing cause and we would be so grateful is you could fuel us on our journey with a donation (however small!) to help us make a difference in ridding the world of this illness, as in the wise words of my Grandma, 'I don't care for it very much'.