Brave fundraiser Stacy Wilson, 31, is preparing to take on a 10,000ft Skydive in memory of her Gran, Marion. Marion sadly passed away in June 2020 6 years after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Stacy and Marion were very close, with Marion having raised Stacy since the age of 4. Stacy said, “My gran was my mum, she was the woman who gave her life up to raise me and to give me a life I wouldn't have had. She was the most selfless, caring, strongest woman I've ever known.” After Marion’s diagnosis at age 68, Stacy cared for her while working full time as a nurse for several years.

Marion was a huge music fan, with a particular fondness for Elvis. Stacy recalls countless times they would sing and dance around the house together to her favourite tunes. After Marion moved into 24-hour care at Springboig Care Home, they decorated with Elvis memorabilia and even had Elvis as the name on her door. When Stacy visited it was a great pick me up, saying “I used to go down all the time and just put Spotify on and she’d know all the words!”.

And how is Stacy feeling about her upcoming challenge?

“I’m terrified!” said Stacy. “I really don’t like heights. However, no matter how terrified I am it doesn’t even compare to what my Gran was going through. If my Gran went through all that then I can do this!”. The community have rallied around Stacy’s efforts and she has already raised over £4,000 with the jump scheduled for the 8th of January. You can support Stacy’s fundraising efforts here.

Isabel Quinn, Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator at Alzheimer Scotland, said: “We are all so impressed by Stacy and her fearlessness as she prepares to take on this challenge. With over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland, it is our biggest health and social care challenge and it isn’t going to go away. Thanks to dedicated fundraisers like Stacy we are able to provide services across Scotland, such as our 24-hour Freephone Helpline, on 0808 808 3000, so that nobody has to face dementia alone.”

Stacy Wilson dances with her Gran at her wedding.