Employees of Carefound, the Harrogate-based provider of specialist home care services to elderly people, are taking the fight against dementia to the highest point in Britain as part of a fundraising effort for Alzheimer’s Society.
Ben Nevis, Gaelic for ‘mountain of heaven’, stands at 4,409 feet above sea level and in clear weather offers one of Scotland’s most breathtaking views. Philippa Moorse and Amanda Milburn, who both live in Harrogate, will be seeking to conquer the peak later this month and have so far raised £1,000 for the charity. This brings the total raised by all those taking part in the challenge to a fantastic £28,000.
Philippa Moorse, who is the Home Care Manager at Carefound, said:
“We decided to take part in this event because in helping elderly people remain in the comfort for their own homes we see the impact of dementia every day. It is a condition that can present huge challenges to individuals and their families, particularly when appropriate support is not available. Raising awareness and improving understanding will be a key part of helping people with dementia live longer and happier lives in their own homes in the future and it is great to be able to support Alzheimer’s Society in this way.”
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said:
“We are delighted that Philippa and Amanda are giving their time to support Alzheimer’s Society. 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 like Philippa and Amanda to help us continue our vital work. Please back their fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”
The Ben Nevis challenge will coincide with Dementia Awareness Week 2012 – Remember the Person, which is Alzheimer’s Society flagship awareness-raising campaign taking place from 20-26 May.
To learn more about the Ben Nevis Challenge or dementia do not hesitate to contact the Carefound offices on 01423 774070 or visit their website at www.carefound.co.uk.