Tireless Devon fundraiser made Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK

20 August 2018

A Devon woman who has gone from novice to marathon runner to raise thousands of pounds for dementia research has been made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Caroline Savage

Caroline Savage

The accolade recognises Caroline Savage’s support for the UK’s leading dementia research charity since she first took on a running challenge in 2016. She has gone from being a novice runner when she started to completing her first marathon this year and has raised more than £9,000 for life-changing dementia research.

Caroline, from Georgeham, was inspired to support Alzheimer’s Research UK because she works with people with dementia in her job as a community carer.

The 51-year-old took part in the charity’s inaugural Running Down Dementia challenge in 2016, running more than 500km and raising over £2,000.

The following year she completed her own ‘Fit at 50’ challenge to run 1,000 miles, which included several 10km races and her first half-marathon, the Great North Run. She raised more than £4,000.

This year she ran the Virgin Money London Marathon as well as completing other challenges, including facing one of her fears by taking on a sky dive, raising more than £3,000 to help power the charity’s research efforts.

As part of her fundraising she has given talks in her local community about dementia and dementia research, helping to spread the word about the impact of the condition and the desperate need for more research funding.

Caroline is also an active member of the #TeamARUK community on social media, encouraging and supporting other people who are training for events and sharing her passion for the progress being made by scientists working towards a cure.

Caroline Savage sky dive

Caroline Savage sky dive

She said:

“I am thrilled to be given this accolade. It is wonderful to be recognised for the small part played by people like myself in raising funds and awareness.

“My fundraising has brought a lot of pleasure into my life while giving me the opportunity to try new challenges.

“I am committed to this charity as I see first-hand in my work the awful effect dementia has on people.

“Now I am an Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion how can I possibly stop? I am in it for the long haul and hope that a cure will be found in the near future.

“I really am proud of what I have been able to achieve with help from my sponsors. I hope some of my challenges may inspire others to do a similar thing.”

Caroline 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:

“Caroline has been a tireless supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK with the money she’s raised, the kilometres she’s run and her efforts in promoting the charity and raising awareness of dementia.

“We appreciate all she has done for us and therefore we would like to thank her by inviting her to become one of our Champions.

“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 Caroline that we are able to increase the profile of dementia research and continue our vital work.”

For more information about taking on a sporting challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK go to www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/support-us/fundraise/events

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org