A Croxley woman who lost both her grandparents to Dementia organised a sponsored walk for Alzheimer’s UK.
Sarah Hacking 25, walked 15 miles with 36 other walkers, over £1,000 for the charity since losing her grandparents in the space of five months.
All the walkers, who have been affected by Alzheimer’s through friends and family, brought Alzheimer t-shirts for the walk which took place form Whippendell Woods on Sunday, May 5
Sarah’s goal is to raise awareness of the disease and help create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted.
Sarah said: “It’s very important to because of my grandparents who both passed away last year, and I wanted to do something in their memory.
“I hope the money raised will make a difference. Until the day we find a cure, we will create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.”
All 36 runners purchased Alzheimer’s t-shirts for the walk for £5, which beat Sarah’s target of £1,000.
She added: “Through visiting my grandparents in their homes over the last couple of years I’ve seen the reality of dementia and the many people it effects and their families. I’ve sat and spoken to people who are sure they know me when my own grandad didn’t even take a second glance.
“I’ve seen how scary and lonely life becomes for them even though they’re surrounded by people. How confusing a day becomes when you can’t remember if you’ve eaten, even though the food is still around your mouth.”