It’s because of stories like these – my nan’s, and my friend’s grandad – that this trek means so much to me. I can’t explain how happy it would make me if the money I raised could help to one day find a new treatment for dementia.
As someone who recently lost a loved one to dementia, I was apprehensive about seeing this play. Would it be an accurate portrayal of the effects of dementia? Would it over-dramatise its impact on relationships or, worse still, sentimentalise it?
Laura Brown recently completed a trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek was the last in a series of challenges that raised more than £4,000, including competing in the Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in Denmark and City to Summit, a 150-mile duathlon from Edinburgh to the top of Ben Nevis. She was inspired to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK as both her nans died with dementia. Laura explains the joy – and sadness – of completing her “Year of Challenges”.
We have to find a cure so that we don’t have to live in fear that one day we might forget who our father is, who our husband is, our who our child is. There will not be an end to the heartbreak of dementia without that progress.
This is why I decided to raise both awareness and funding for Alzheimer Research UK, in memory of my auntie and in enormous gratitude to my twin brother.
Alzheimer’s is horrific, and it’s something you wouldn’t wish on anyone. And that’s why I decided to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK with this song – a charity I’m proud to support. Backing their work gives us the best chance of fighting it. It’s so important.
History has shown that dementia is no respecter of persons. Iris Murdoch had one of the greatest minds that the twentieth century ever produced, as a philosopher and a novelist, but she succumbed very quickly and very terribly to dementia. Santa Forgot imagines a world where not even Santa is immune to its devastating effect.
Today sees the launch of the Financial Times 2017/18 Seasonal Appeal, and we are honoured that Alzheimer’s Research UK has been selected as this year’s chosen charity.
In every part of the world, people are living longer than they used to. Thanks to scientific advancements, fewer people die young from heart disease, cancer, and infectious diseases. It’s no longer unusual for a person to live well into their 80s and beyond. My dad will celebrate his 92nd birthday in a couple weeks, a milestone that was practically unimaginable when he was born.
Everybody has a story about how they got into cycling, what it means to them or why they do it. When we find ourselves moved to raise money for a cause, this story becomes a raison d’etre and history becomes motivation.