Firstly because of vast impact dementia has on people we care for, work with and live near.
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain and can affect anyone. There are currently over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, and this figure will rise to over 1 million by 2021.
- Dementia is terminal and there is no cure. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia.
Secondly because of the important work this charity carries out every day. Here’s how they describe it:
Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We provide information and support for people with all types of dementia, their families and their carers, touching the lives of over 30,000 people every week. We campaign and lobby to influence government policy and raise awareness and understanding of dementia. And we fund research into the cause, cure and care of dementia.
More people affected by dementia turn to us for help than to any other charity, but we want to do more. We rely on voluntary contributions to carry on our vital work, and that’s why the money you raise will make such a difference.
Thirdly it’s because of the challenges I will have to face to complete this trek
To complete this trek safely, I need to reduce my body fat by approximately 15% (that’s 20kgs of fat people!) and make challenging exercise a daily part of my life. That’s in addition to working full-time and running a busy weekend practice as a medical herbalist. It’s a big change and I’m apprehensive about it. But the change I need to make to deliver my part in this event is nothing compared to the changes people with dementia and people who care for people with dementia need to make.
In 2011, I broke my right arm when I slipped on some grass. Whilst my arm has healed, I’m now nervous of walking on uneven or rocky terrain. I want to say goodbye to this fear and I think walking 46-miles in 4-days over exactly this type of ground will do it.
The Challenge: Trek Lizard to Land’s End
Our challenge is to trek the South West Coastal path from Lizard point to Land’s End. The trek takes place over 4-days, from 6 to 9 June 2014.
This will be a tough trek on hilly, rocky and steep terrain. The landscapes are spectacular, with rugged cliffs, hidden coves and fishing villages.
The walking is very hilly, steep in places, and the distances are demanding on this terrain.
Here’s the Itinerary
Day 1 Lizard Point – Mullion
Trekking time 2 – 3 hours; Distance 5 miles
Day 2 Mullion – Praa Sands
Trekking time 6 – 8 hours; Distance 12 – 13 miles
Day 3 Praa Sands – St Loy
Trekking time 8 – 10 hours; Distance 17 – 18 miles
Day 4 Lamorna – Land’s End
Trekking time 4 – 5 hours; Distance 7 – 8 miles
How will your donation help?
- £5 could pay for one person to attend a half hour session at a monthly Dementia Café, providing information and support for people with dementia and their carers.
- £20 could pay for 100 copies of Understanding and respecting the person with dementia – one of the Society’s most requested factsheets.
- £50 could fund a PhD researcher for one day to continue vital research into understanding the causes of dementia, how it can be treated and, ultimately, to find a cure.
- £120 could pay to run Talking Point for one day – the Society’s 24/7 online community for all people affected by dementia.
- £500 could pay for 300 of the popular carers’ handbooks, Caring for the person with dementia, offering practical tips and insights into how to care for someone with dementia, while looking after their own health and well-being.
- £1,000 could mean 80 callers getting the expert advice and support they need from our National Dementia Helpline.
- £2,420 could pay for two people with dementia and their partners or carers to attend weekly sessions of a Dementia Café for a year.
- £6,000 could pay for a year’s processing of brain tissue slides in a vascular dementia project, vital for further analysis of changes relating to dementia.
Want to Keep in Touch?
I’ll be blogging about my training programme and the herbs and supplements I’m taking (and why I’m taking them) here as I prepare for the trek.
I’ll also be posting as I trek in June next year so look out for some stunning photos (or photos of the rain if the weather decides to close in *s*).
You can also connect with me on Twitter @TracyTutty
Would you like to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society. Check out my page at JustGiving