Edinburgh physiotherapist to run London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted on 2nd April 2015

Fitness enthusiast Evonne Sutherland will take on the iconic London Marathon on Sunday 26 April to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The physiotherapist from Cramond is taking part in the gruelling 26.2-mile challenge in memory of her grandma, Anne, and uncle, Robbie, who both passed away with dementia. The 36 year old hopes to raise £3,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Evonne SutherlandEvonne has spent the last four months working in Sydney, Australia, where much of her training has taken place. Speaking about her reasons for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK, she said:

“As a teenager, my grandma was my idol and meant the world to me. As the disease took hold my grandma needed full time specialist care and eventually became aggressive and had no idea who I was. It tore me apart when I last saw her in hospital and I felt truly helpless that I couldn’t help her.”

“Grandma passed away in 2002 on her 93rd birthday. Shortly after, my uncle was diagnosed with vascular dementia. He was in his late 50s when he was diagnosed but he had been showing symptoms for some time. When my uncle was found walking down the motorway my aunt accepted that she could no longer give him the care that he needed and she had to make the difficult decision for him to go into a home where he received the 24-hour care he needed. He passed away in 2012.

“My family was shocked to find out how underfunded research into dementia is and how few treatments there are available. Medication helped my uncle with the symptoms of his dementia but it did nothing to stop the disease. This has to change and I am determined to do all I can to raise as much money for Alzheimer’s Research UK so that there are effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure.”

Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:

“We couldn’t be more grateful to Evonne for taking on this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK and we wish her every success on the day. Last year alone, our fantastic Virgin Money London Marathon runners raised an incredible £111,600 towards pioneering dementia research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“There are 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today, including nearly 5,000 people in Edinburgh. Research has the power to defeat dementia, and Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the charge. We rely on dedicated supporters like Evonne to fund our world-class research.”

To help Evonne raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s groundbreaking research, donate online at www.justgiving.com/EvonneSutherland. 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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