Sisters cycle and run for Do it for Dementia this Dementia Awareness Week
As we celebrate Dementia Awareness Week, people across the country continue to support Alzheimer Scotland by joining our Do it for Dementia virtual event series. It is through their incredible fundraising and awareness raising efforts that Alzheimer Scotland have been able to provide support to people living with dementia and their families through the coronavirus pandemic.
Jen and Anna Pollock, two sisters from Stirling are teaming up for an ambitious challenge to run and cycle 600 miles in 31 days in aid of Alzheimer Scotland and in memory of their devoted Grandma.
On 2nd February 2020, Jen and Anna’s Grandma Nan, sadly died after living with dementia for over 10 years. Previously cared for by her children, Nan spent the last 2 years in a care home in Tullibody. The sisters were inspired by their Grandma who they say proved you could still live a happy life during tough times.
The sisters tell us that
“We spent Grandma's final few days by her side, looking through old photos and listening to her favourite songs. It wasn't and still isn't an easy time for any of the family as she was such a big part of all our lives. However, we can't help but feel almost lucky in the fact that we were able to say goodbye as we know that this isn't possible for other families going through the same thing at the moment."
Nan attended several Alzheimer Scotland groups and day care centres which all rely on fundraised income. Nan also showed her support to the charity in 2016 when she cut the ribbon to mark the beginning of Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk.
Jen and Anna want to show support to those living with dementia, their families and carers during the pandemic and aim to complete their run and cycle by 5th June during Dementia Awareness Week.
The sisters planned to share the miles between them; cycling 200 miles and running 50 miles to meet their target distance, but thanks to the generosity from friends and family they have been inspired to push further and cycle an extra 50 miles each.
During the challenge they told us
“It’s been a good way to reflect and remember Grandma. It’s also allowed us to discover new places in our local area as we like to change our routes every time we go out.”
“If you find someone or something that inspires you, put it to good use and make the most of it. You should also try and find someone to take on a virtual challenge with, as you push each other to do better and motivate one another when it gets difficult.”
As we celebrate Fundraising Friday during Dementia Awareness Week, we ask you to take action on dementia and sign up to a virtual event: Do it for Dementia