Alzheimer Scotland’s Do it for Dementia campaign is motivating and supporting the public to take on a virtual challenge to help support people living with dementia during the coronavirus pandemic.
One group who rose to the challenge were 10 people from Kilmarnock with one goal; to complete 7 marathons in 7 days.
Kirsty Lambert joined forces with her cardiac rehabilitation class to take on this inspirational challenge for Alzheimer Scotland.
Kirsty’s grandad lived with Alzheimer’s disease and sadly passed away 4 years ago. In 2017 Kirsty completed the Stirling Marathon in aid of Alzheimer Scotland and in memory of her grandad.
Unfortunately, Kirsty’s Grandmother is also now living with dementia and is being cared for full-time by Kirsty’s mother and uncle. Before the coronavirus pandemic, her grandmother attended a local bingo group and enjoyed regular family visits from grandchildren and great grandchildren. However, since social distancing rules came into place they have been unable to leave the house or receive any visits and she requires 24-hour care and supervision.
These new changes have been extremely stressful for the whole family.
Kirsty, a physiotherapist specialising in older people, runs a cardiac rehabilitation class and came up with the idea for her members to join her in walking, running and cycling 7 marathons in 7 days.
One class member Scott also has a parent who lives with dementia. Scott tells us that the care they receive via local carers “is a blessing” and really helps both his parents manage through these difficult times.
Thanks to their virtual challenge the group have been able to motivate and support each other despite the current social distancing restrictions. All members of the class have dealt with personal health issues and the challenge has enabled them keep in touch with each other virtually whilst staying active.
So far, Kirsty and the team have raised an incredible £1,520.00 through their Just Giving page.
Thanks to their support and dedication, their fundraising will ensure Alzheimer Scotland are able to continue supporting people who need help the most during this crisis; people with dementia, their families and carers.
You can also join #TeamAlzscot and Do it for dementia: Do it for Dementia
Whether you’re climbing a Munro from your stairs, taking on a step challenge or clocking up miles on your bike; virtually anything is possible, and the choice is yours.
If you would like to support Kirsty and her team you can donate to their page: Kirsty and team's fundraising page