Staff raise more than £1,000 to help tackle dementia

23rd September 2019

Care South managers raised more than £1,000 to help fight dementia as part of World Alzheimer’s Day.

Emma Cotton and Natalie Hosking, of Alexandra House in Parkstone, were among those who walked 8km along Bournemouth’s coastline, while Home Manager Debbie Preston, from Dorset House in Poole, took on a 70.3-mile ‘Ironman’ triathlon.

Emma and Natalie, Home Manager and Deputy Home Manager, had initially hoped to raise £300. They say their total is currently at £500, but donations are still coming in.

The 8km Bournemouth Memory Walk started at Bournemouth Pier before heading to Southbourne and back. Charity Alzheimer’s Society organised the event.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, and affects more than 520,000 people in the UK. The Memory Walk was one of many events held around the country to mark World Alzheimer’s Day on Saturday.

Debbie Preston, from Dorset House, raised nearly three times her fundraising goal by taking part in the Weymouth Ironman.

Debbie swam 1.2 miles in open water, cycled 56 miles, and ran 13.1 during the challenge on Sunday. She has so far raised £555 for Dementia UK.

Dementia is a cause close to Debbie’s heart in both her professional life with Care South and her personal life too after her father was diagnosed with the illness.

Residents, staff and volunteers at the Wickmeads care home also got involved, holding their own memory walk along Tuckton River on Friday morning.