Our Service Engineer Gareth Bamber has just signed up for next yearâ€™s â€˜Steve Prescott St Helenâ€™s 10k runâ€™. Gareth will run in memory of his Nan, Joan Bamber, who passed away last summer after a 12 year battle with dementia. He will be running with his dad, 52 year old Ian Bamber and all money raised through sponsorship will go to the Alzheimerâ€™s Society.
Gareth has never undertaken to run a distance like this before and has already started his training:
â€œRunning such a distance is a big deal for me as itâ€™s something Iâ€™ve never done before. Itâ€™s worth it though as watching my Nan living with dementia was heart breaking and the effect it had on her as a person not to mention the impact it had on my family was devastating. Me and my dad are proud to be able to support the Alzheimerâ€™s Society and hope that our fundraising will go a small way to supporting their work so more people can receive care and research can be funded to find new ways of treating this awful condition.â€ Said Gareth.
There are over 850,000 dementia sufferers in the UK and that figure is set to hit 1-million by 2025. Dementia suffers may haveÂ symptomsÂ that may include memory loss, trouble with speech and difficulties with thinking and problem-solving. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such asÂ Alzheimer’s diseaseÂ or strokes. Dementia isÂ progressive so symptoms only ever get worse. The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their families and carers.
The â€˜Steve Prescott St Helens 10kâ€™ run takes place on the 6th March 2017 at Langtree Park in St Helens.
Gareth has set up a Just Giving page for anyone looking to sponsor him and the website can be found here:
You can also text your donation by texting the code:
GXNB57 followed by the amount youâ€™d like to pledge toÂ 70070
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
For more information about St Helens 10k run visit: www.sthelens10k.co.uk
To find out more about the Alzheimer Society visit their website at: www.alzheimers.org.uk