Poolsbrook parkrun Event Director made Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK
By Alice Tuohy | Friday 17 August 2018
Poolsbrook parkrun Event Director Andy Morris has been made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK in recognition of his fundraising and work to raise awareness of dementia.
This accolade recognises the 55-year-old’s exceptional support for the charity since he first got involved by signing up for the inaugural Running Down Dementia campaign in 2016.
Andy has taken part in Running Down Dementia, which challenges people to run 100km during the summer, every year since it began and is the top fundraiser for the campaign, raising more than £6,500 and clocking up more than 1,500km over the last three years.
He was inspired to support the UK’s leading dementia research charity, which is the official charity partner of parkrun UK, as his mum Peggy, who died last year, had vascular dementia.
Andy, from Chesterfield, helped with publicity for this year’s Running Down Dementia campaign by telling his story for a promotional video as well as arranging for fellow parkrunners to feature in the main campaign video.
The laboratory manager is also a passionate dementia campaigner and is part of the dementia team for the PROVE (parkrun, running or volunteering for everyone) project, which aims to promote inclusivity and support for those living with dementia and their loved ones and carers in the parkrun community.
“I am delighted and honoured to be named as an Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion in recognition of my support for my chosen charity.
“The charity does fantastic work and I’ve always felt that playing my own small part to help them will help make a difference to future generations.
“I will continue to support the charity and the vital research they are funding and will feel proud to be an Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion whilst I’m doing this.”
Andy joins a group of around 50 people who have been made Champions in recent years in recognition of their efforts in both fundraising and raising awareness on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“Andy has been a tireless supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK with the money he’s raised, the kilometres he’s run and his efforts in promoting the charity and raising awareness of dementia.
“We appreciate all he has done for us and therefore we would like to thank him by inviting him to become one of our Champions.
“Alzheimer’s Research UK is proud to be the official charity partner of parkrun UK and thousands of parkrunners have supported us, so we are delighted to make someone who is so prominent in the parkrun movement a Champion.
“There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Research has the power to defeat dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the charge. We rely on public donations to fund our crucial research and it’s thanks to the commitment of people like Andy that we are able to increase the profile of dementia research and continue our vital work.”
Andy is among more than 4,800 people taking part in Running Down Dementia this summer. They have so far run more than 370,000km and raised over £285,000.
To sponsor Andy, who has already passed his 250km target, go to https://runningdowndementia2018.everydayhero.com/uk/andy
For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org