Jan Cridland, will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon with her daughter this April to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
Jan, 59, who has worked at HSBC in Basingstoke for 40 years, decided to run the race in memory of her father, Derek Hill. He passed away with vascular dementia in 2014 at the age of 85.
Neither Jan nor her daughter, Aimee Cridland, have run a marathon before, but hope to raise £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, which funds research into diagnosis, preventions and treatments for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Derek lived with dementia for many years, cared for by his wife of 63 years, Betty. However, the stress of being a full-time carer was so great that it nearly killed Betty, who collapsed from exhaustion and fell through a glass door, shards narrowly missing her heart and major arteries.
Aimee, 25, explains:
“My nan became full-time carer to my grandad, but it got to the point where the dementia caused him to be extremely difficult to care for. My nan ended up collapsing, exhausted from the stress of looking after him 24/7. It was really horrible to witness.
“My mum was so strong and amazing. It took a really big toll on her, seeing her parents as you’d never ever want to see them. It’s the worst thing to ever see a family member go through. I’ve seen what dementia has done to my grandad, mum and nan. Everyone was affected.
“I’m terrified that it will happen to me, my partner or my parents. By raising this money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, we’re trying to stop it from happening to other families. If we can stop that fear and the pain that goes with it – that’s amazing.”
The money raised will help top scientists across the country to conduct world-class dementia research. Jessica Hiscocks, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We couldn’t be more grateful to Jan and Aimee for taking on this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK. There are 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today, and this number is set to increase exponentially. Amazing fundraising efforts like this help us to power pioneering dementia research, bringing us closer to finding treatments that could change the lives of people living with dementia.”
To sponsor Jan and Aimee visit www.justgiving.com/Aimee-and-Jan-Cridland. For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.
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