Herts charity worker Marissa to swim a mile for Alzheimer’s Research UK

A dedicated member of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s marketing team will be diving into a chilly challenge later this month to boost funds for pioneering dementia research.

Posted on 10th June 2014

A dedicated member of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s marketing team will be diving into a chilly challenge later this month to boost funds for pioneering dementia research. Marissa Stewart, from Bishop’s Stortford, has set herself the target of raising £300 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity by taking part in the Great East Swim at Suffolk’s Alton Water reservoir on 21 June.

The popular open water event, now in its sixth year, is designed for swimmers of all abilities, with four different distances on offer. Marissa, a Direct Marketing Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, has signed up to swim one mile – the equivalent of 64 lengths in a 25-metre pool. She will be joined in the water by Yosra Osman and Jade Rolph, who also work for the Cambridgeshire-based national charity.

Marissa, 26, has been swimming regularly at Bishop’s Stortford’s Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre to prepare for the event.

Marissa said:

“One of the best things about my job is putting together Alzheimer’s Research UK’s newsletter, think. I’m always telling people about the amazing work our fundraisers are doing and the lengths they go to, to raise money for us. I thought I’d better put my money where my mouth is and do something myself. I signed up for the Great East Swim because I can’t run to save my life, but I’m not a bad swimmer. I know it’s going to be challenging as, unlike a swimming pool, the reservoir won’t be temperature controlled and there won’t be any neat lanes or clear water. But despite all that I’m really looking forward to it!

She added:

“Working for Alzheimer’s Research UK, I know that research has the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives, and I’m acutely aware of the lack of funding for dementia research. By taking part in the Great East Swim I hope we can boost our efforts to find much-needed new treatments.”

Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Our staff are incredibly dedicated to our cause, so it’s no surprise to see Marissa going the extra mile like this – we’ll all be wishing her, Yosra and Jade the best of luck on the day. Every £20 they raise is enough to pay for another hour of world-class research to bring new treatments, preventions and improved diagnosis ever closer.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK living with dementia today, including over 13,000 people in Hertfordshire. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future. Research is the only answer but funding still lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely on wonderful supporters like Marissa to fund our crucial research.”

To help Marissa raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s groundbreaking dementia research, donate online at www.justgiving.com/marissa-stewart1. 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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