During the coronavirus pandemic, Alzheimer Scotland supporters are coming together virtually to support people living with dementia during this difficult time, and when our charity income has dropped dramatically as events across the world are put on hold.

Lindsey Shanley, from Midlothian is one of these supporters doing something amazing by cycling 250 miles throughout May.

Lindsey’s Nana was living with Vascular dementia since 2014 and being cared for by loving staff at her Bonnyrigg care home. Sadly, her Nana died on the 24th April after testing positive for coronavirus.

Lindsey shared her experience with us saying “It’s been really hard not being able to fully support my mum and my four aunties. And even harder not being able to say a proper goodbye due to social distancing limitations”.

It was the following day after her Nana passed away that Lindsey made the decision to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer Scotland in her memory.

Lindsey Shanley with her Nana

Lindsey is a key worker and is taking on this challenge in-between working as a traffic controller for Lothian Buses in Edinburgh and has already completed 152.14 miles of her 250-mile goal. With support from her wife who is also cycling with Lindsey when she can, Lindsey is confident she’ll complete the remaining miles by the end of May.

Good luck Lindsey, we are all rooting for you!

Lindsey Shanley virtual event

As we continue with life in lockdown, Alzheimer Scotland is continuing to support people with dementia, their carers and families across the country during this time. We have moved many of our physical groups and activities online or through telephone support, ensuring people remain connected to Alzheimer Scotland. We have increased the number of staff supporting our frontline volunteers on the 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline, which is a vital link for anyone living with dementia or their families.

Do you have a bike and want to support Alzheimer Scotland? Choose a distance that suits you and sign up today: Do it for Dementia

You can support Lindsey's fundraising here: Lindsey's Just Giving page