New mum takes on charity running challenge with newborn baby in tow

27 June 2018

Taking on a running challenge with a newborn baby in tow may not sound like the easiest task, but it hasn’t deterred Balsham woman Ellie Bollom.

Ellie Bollom

Ellie Bollom

The 24-year-old, who had her baby a few months ago, decided to take on Running Down Dementia, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s award-winning running challenge, to help get fit and get out of the house with her son.

So far, it has been an interesting experience for Ellie, who brings her baby out in his pram for her walks and runs as she works to hit her running target of 100 kilometres over the summer.

Ellie, who is originally from London and currently lives in Balsham, Cambridgeshire, already knew about Running Down Dementia as she is a former employee of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Before she had her son, she worked with the charity’s Sporting Events team.

When she saw that it was being relaunched for 2018, she decided it would be an ideal opportunity to get out and about with her newborn son, as well as the chance to improve her fitness.

She said:

“I had a caesarean section and had a long recovery. It took me a while before I was fully mobile after it.

“When I worked for Alzheimer’s Research UK, I developed a real passion for this area and heard so many inspirational stories of people taking on amazing fundraising challenges.

“My aunt sadly also has dementia, which has been really heartbreaking to see. Having seen the impact the condition has had on her, as well as speaking to people through my work at Alzheimer’s Research UK, I realised that this would be an amazing opportunity to raise funds for an important cause.

“There are currently no treatments that can slow or prevent the development of dementia, and this is something that Alzheimer’s Research UK is trying to change. The charity’s mission is to help bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia by 2025, which is an incredible goal. But they won’t be able to achieve that without the help of fundraisers.

“Running Down Dementia is a great way to raise funds and get fit, and it’s been lovely to be able to share that experience with my son. I would definitely recommend it to anybody else who wants to find a way to improve their fitness and do something positive.

“Everybody has been touched by dementia in some way – the condition is now the leading cause of death in the UK. People really relate to these experiences and want to see new treatments to help those with dementia.”

While Ellie says that it “takes a while to get ready for a run”, it is also entirely worth it.

Kenneth Foreman, Senior Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, praised Ellie for her fundraising efforts.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie for taking on Running Down Dementia. It’s incredible to see a new mum out running with her baby to help us raise much needed funds for research.

“It’s also really great to see a former member of staff from Alzheimer’s Research UK taking on this challenge. We are so grateful to her and her family.”

You can donate to Ellie here: https://runningdowndementia2018.everydayhero.com/uk/ellie

If you would like to register for Running Down Dementia or to find out more, you can visit the official website here: https://runningdowndementia.org/