Doing it for Dementia UK

The one where I explain why

I decided to do this to raise some money for Dementia UK.  It started with just doing a marathon but that didn’t seem enough.  I don’t like asking for sponsorship so by doing something more challenging I thought I would feel a bit more comfortable about it.

Tonight I finally set up a donations page, http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/40Racesby40 with a target of £400.  I’m hoping to raise more but, again I want to be realistic.

So … why have I chosen Dementia UK?

I wanted to choose something personal.

I have some amazing relatives who would do anything for my family.  My cousin, their son, has been diagnosed with dementia, in his early 50’s.

I figure if they can cope with that … I can face running 40 races including a few marathons.

Dementia is an awful condition that has also affected many of my friends in different ways.  Dementia UK describe the condition as ‘a broad umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders’.  Symptoms can include memory loss, confuse and problems with communication.

Dementia UK provide specialist one-to-one support and expert advice.  They do this through their unique Admiral Nurses who work hand in hand with families, helping them cope with the fear, uncertainty and difficult everyday reality of dementia.

By providing compassionate support and guidance, Dementia UK help families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

I hope by raising some money for a charity that can help my family and lots of others, they can get some help, something they truly deserve.  My 7-year old daughter and her friends organised a bake sale at school last year to raise money for the charity (an idea she came up with herself) and raised £50.  I sort of figure that if my Auntie and Uncle can cope with what life has thrown at them and my 7-year old can raise some money … surely I can cope with some running – even if it is quite a long way.

So, if you have a spare pound (or even a bit more) I would be grateful if you could sponsor me!

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