Alzheimer’s Society has been chosen as the charity of the year for the Women’s Running 10k race series and they need woman across the UK to join them and run to help the fight against dementia – the biggest killer in women.
The 5k or 10k races take place across the UK and are for women of all abilities to run together in a friendly and fun environment. The races provide a great way to set manageable targets as well as improve fitness. Research shows that taking regular physical exercise is one way to help reduce your risk of getting dementia as well as eating a balanced diet, and not smoking.
Alzheimer’s Society are calling on women across the UK to lace up their trainers and get fit, whilst collecting donations to help transform the lives of people affected by dementia.
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to increase to over one million by 2021. Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We support people to live well with dementia today and fight for a world without dementia tomorrow.
Any money raised will help Alzheimer’s Society provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through their publications, National Dementia Helpline, website and more than 2,000 local services. It will also help them campaign for a better quality of life for people with dementia and a greater understanding of the condition and help fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.
Charlotte Tyler recently put her running shoes on in memory of their Dad, Chris, to complete the London marathon along with her brother Dan.
Chris was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia, one of the less commonly known forms of dementia, in September 2008 and suffered a six year battle with the condition before he passed away at his care home in Wrexham, Wales in October 2014.
Charlotte said: “Dad had only just retired when he was diagnosed with this cruel disease. He and mum were looking forward to the next chapter in their lives and this bombshell changed our live forever. He was just 66.
“We miss dad every single day. He was such a kind and loving man who was immensely proud of his family; we know he will be with us in spirit on marathon day, encouraging us to go on.
“We raised valuable money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that does an amazing job to help families like ours receive the support and information they need following news of a diagnosis, as well as shout loudly about the need for more awareness and funds to fight this cruel illness.”
Alzheimer’s Society will provide you with training plans, fundraising tips and your own running top.
Whether you want to beat your personal best, or try a 5 or 10k for the first time, run for us and you’ll be helping to defeat dementia sooner.