Cue nervous butterflies…
Hello you lovely lot! Yes, I can’t quite believe I’m typing this either, but I’ve decided to take on the London Landmarks Half Marathon to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.
On April 6, 2019, my grandmother passed away after a difficult battle with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. For four years, I watched the illness progress from the early to late stages. It affected my gran’s memory, mood, her expression, independence and quality of life.
At the same time, I also watched how it shaped and changed my family. Towards the end, she became dependent on my mum, aunt, uncle and me for around-the-clock care. The only way I can describe being a carer is like constantly getting your heart broken. You wake up to the same ache you went to bed with.
How you can help
You don’t have to know me very well, to know that running is outside my comfort zone. I’ve given it a few attempts before, each time struggling HARD. So, this should get really interesting.
I’m sure many of you will understand when I say that my gran was my biggest supporter, which makes it fitting to undertake a half-marathon as a tribute to her.
Dementia is currently the UK’s biggest killer, so if you’d like to donate to my JustGiving page, I would be incredibly grateful.
My half-marathon goals…
- To complete the run in under 2.30
- Raise £1,000 in online/offline donations
- Not give up. Once I commit to something, I tend to go all out. But I’m overly conscious that this requires 5 months of actual training, and a hell of a lot of grit
I guess, for now, that’s a wrap. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for all my half-marathon updates!
You’re all invited for a post-celebratory pint on race day (I’ll definitely need one).