One of the first people we contacted about our challenge was local MP Debbie Abrahams. Aware she was passionate about dementia care, we hoped she would share our JustGiving info on her Social Media. We were thrilled to get a quick reply and a mention on her Facebook page..
Debbie is the co-Chair of the APPG on Dementia and the first MP to have trained as a Dementia Friends Champion. In collaboration with her local newspaper, the Oldham Chronicle, her campaign to build a Dementia Friendly Oldham has seen over 4,000 Oldhamers become Dementia Friends.
As much as we want to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society we are also keen to increase awareness of Dementia in general. It’s great to see MPs are interested in these things.
The 3 Peaks Challenge involves a circular 26 mile trek, during which you climb and descend the peaks of Peny-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The aim is to accomplish the distance in twelve hours. Discover Adventure grade their activities from Challenging (Grade 1) to Extreme (Grade 5). The 3 Peaks Challenge is graded 3, Tough.
People may say we could go do these hills as three walks, we could go do all three on one day and not pay for the experience. True. However for us the challenge is not just about the day or the walk. It’s about raising Alzheimer’s awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Society
Did you know ?
You can make a difference by becoming a Dementia Friend just click the link and watch the 5 minute video to gain some dementia knowledge.
What is a Dementia Friend ?
A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community.
As 2019 came to its final moments, Joanne casually mentioned she had come across a sponsored event taking on the Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks Challenge, all in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. It played on my mind and within 24 hours I had convinced her we could make it and signed us both up.
I paid our £60 joint sign up fee and we committed to raise £300 in sponsorship each !
Why? Well several reasons…
Having a physical goal to work to keeps you motivated and stay fit.
But more importantly Alzheimer’s is something close to our family. Joanne’s mum is in a care home with the devastating effects of dementia. For a living I fix things and its frustrating that we cant fix this disease, but perhaps with enough support, one day the Alzheimer’s Society will help to fix things for other families. We are confident whatever we raise. will be put to good use to support individuals, families and research.
To be blunt by the time June comes and we have invested in our new boots, coats and serious trekking equipment, it may have been easier to just make a substantial donation and not walk !!! But between now and then we will be sharing our preparations on Social media and also striving to raise dementia awareness.