For some people, one fundraising challenge just isn’t enough. One such person is Melissa Grantham who has held a quiz and a sports day, intends to run the BUPA Great South Run, the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon and the Virgin Money London Marathon and even held a lucky dip, the winner of which was allowed to choose a new tattoo for her!
Melissa decided to take on these challenges to fundraise for Alzheimers Research UK after her Nan was diagnosed with degenerative dementia. Melissa tells us “There is no cure, she now lives in a home. As I work full time, this is my way of giving back as I do not get to see her as much as I would like.”
The vision of the charity Alzheimers Research UK is “a world free from dementia“. The charity funds world-class research to prevent, treat and cure dementia as well as helping people to understand the disease. A spokesperson from Alzheimers Research UK said of Melissa’s challenges “There are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK living with dementia today. Despite this, funding for dementia research still lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely on public donations to fund our world-class research and it’s thanks to the commitment of people like Melissa and Laura that we’re able to continue our crucial work.”
When asked what gives her that extra push to cross the finish line, Melissa told us that it was her partner, Laura, who will be undertaking the BUPA Great South Run and the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon with her. She added “We both have different breaking points, so having someone to run with is amazing.”
Although Melissa’s main fundraising challenges are the three runs, she has been boosting her fundraising with smaller events in the run up. One of these was putting the names of people who donated £5 or more into a hat, picking one at random and the person picked would get to pick her new tattoo! True to her word and thanks to her best friend’s 9-year-old son, Melissa now has a Ghostbusters tattoo on her wrist! We asked Melissa if she had any fundraising tips for someone who wanted to follow in her footsteps, Melissa told us “There is no harm in asking! When I set out to email local businesses for prizes or donations for our fundraiser, I was worried that no one would be able to help us. I was so wrong and overwhelmed by the generosity.”
To ensure she raises as much as possible for Alzheimers Research UK, Melissa has given up countless lazy evenings, chilling out watching rubbish TV as well as the skin on her wrist. To help her reach her target, donate via her Virgin Money Giving page.