Thursday 4 July 2013

Stonehenge to Avebury Trek for the Alzheimer’s Society

This autumn, hundreds of people are taking part in a trek from the famous standing stones at Stonehenge to the lesser known but largest stone circle in Europe at Avebury in Wiltshire, as part of a fundraising effort for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Each walker hopes to raise over £260 by taking part in the Stonehenge to Avebury 26-mile challenge on 7 September 2013. The trek is cross country and takes in iconic sights including the white horses of Salisbury plains, and Silbury Hill one of the largest prehistoric man-made mounds in the world. The trek also passes through M.O.D training grounds which are not usually open to the public. They are taking on this challenge to raise money for the 800,000 people in the UK who have a form of dementia, and I must admit I am tempted to join the walkers, although I'd have to train very hard to get fit enough for such a tough challenge.

Several members of my family suffered from dementia in old age, including my father and my grandmother. It is very sad to see someone you love slowly lose their memories and their ability to care for themselves. Raising money in this way seems a great idea.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: "One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. It is more than just memory loss; it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals to help us continue our vital work. Please back these fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer's Society can continue leading the fight against dementia."

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