Laura Brown recently completed a trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek was the last in a series of challenges that raised more than £4,000, including competing in the Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in Denmark and City to Summit, a 150-mile duathlon from Edinburgh to the top of Ben Nevis. She was inspired to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK as both her nans died with dementia. Laura explains the joy – and sadness – of completing her “Year of Challenges”.
I was about 14 when my dad Ray was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. He was only 52. I couldn’t really get my head around what was to come at the time. He was told in the prime of his life, with a mind that still worked almost perfectly, that slowly he was going to lose […]
My auntie passed away last year after living with Alzheimer’s disease for 11 years, this was obviously a really sad time for all of my brothers and sisters (there are nine of them!) but actually, what affected me even more than this, was the profound loss felt by my twin brother Keith who was her […]
My grandmother Ellen Blance was a massive part of my life. Every day, she’d come to my house to watch my sister and I when we got home from school. We were extremely close, and she was always there. But as I got older, she started to become unwell. We didn’t really know what was […]
Today sees the launch of the Financial Times 2017/18 Seasonal Appeal, and we are honoured that Alzheimer’s Research UK has been selected as this year’s chosen charity. Thanks to the generosity of its readers, the FT has raised more than £17m for charitable causes over the past decade. And it’s fitting that this year this […]
This blog is a cross-post with Gates Notes. In every part of the world, people are living longer than they used to. Thanks to scientific advancements, fewer people die young from heart disease, cancer, and infectious diseases. It’s no longer unusual for a person to live well into their 80s and beyond. My dad will […]
I am not a winner. Everybody has a story about how they got into cycling, what it means to them or why they do it. When we find ourselves moved to raise money for a cause, this story becomes a raison d’etre and history becomes motivation. Briefly; this is my story. I am not a […]
Sunday 5 November is International Volunteer Managers Day and here at Alzheimer’s Research UK, we’re celebrating the valuable support our volunteer managers give to all our amazing volunteers who really do make a difference.
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” Richard Branson I heard about the Spires of Fire Guatemala Volcano Trek at the turn of 2017. Wow, I thought, what an amazing opportunity: Alzheimer’s Research UK’s first dedicated […]
After our dad was diagnosed in 2015 with Alzheimer’s disease we both struggled to find a positive outlet and we felt powerless against the disease that had taken a hold of dad. We know that it’s too late to stop Dad’s Alzheimer’s and that our focus needs to be on his care and to support […]