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#fundraiserfriday: The toughest two years of Ashley’s life


In the space of 16 months, Ashley Davies lost both her parents to one of the more increasingly prevalent diseases in the UK; Alzheimer’s disease. Despite suffering from rheumatoid arthritis herself, Ashley decided to run the event that she had always watched on television with her dad, Tom; the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Ashley’s story

Ashley tells us that her mother, Joyce, had been very poorly with Alzheimer’s for quite a few years being cared for by Tom when, cruelly and tragically, Tom developed vascular dementia. Upon realising the couple could no longer live independently, they both were placed into what Ash describes as “a lovely care home“, but very sadly, after a short battle, her father passed away in June 2013 followed by her mother in October 2014. She tells us in no uncertain terms, “These were the toughest 2 years of my life“.

Alzheimer’s Society

Upon deciding to take on the London Marathon, something that her father had always believed she could take on, it was a no brainer for Ashley choose ash-and-terryAlzheimer’s Society as the charity to support. The Alzheimer’s Society “fights for a better world for people with all types of dementia takes a wide range of forms“. There are
currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025.

Training for the big day

Ash’s training is being supported by Flyers Southend, her local running group. They are incredible supportive and Keith Passingham, who founded “the Flyers”, has
devised a walk/run programme to enable Ashley to train despite her rheumatoid arthritis. Ashley says

“I will never give in, my determination to complete this challenge is so strong as I know my Dad and Mum will be looking down cheering every step I take.”

You can support Ashley

Help Ashley raise as much as possible for Alzheimer’s Society by donating to her fundraising page.

#fundraiserfriday: Jen is cycling for Alzheimers

jenny frankling for blog

Jennifer Franklin has, in her words, “officially gone mad“. She has taken on the 2016 London Nightrider event which will see her cycling 60km round the capital while everyone sleeps, takingmore than 50 famous landmarks in as she does. The training will be gruelling, the event challenging, but Jennifer is doing it all for the Alzheimer’s Society – the charity which has helped her mum and dad since this disease struck her family. Jennifer is today’s #fundraiserfriday star.

On the 4th of June, Jennifer will pedal off into the night with her brother, Paul, starting from lee Valley VeloPark and cycling 60km round central London. Although she says she’ll be kept going by the promise of “a medal and a cooked breakfast“, what will really keep her pedals turning will be the thought of her dad.

Jennifer’s dad, George

“My motivation is my Dad, George – he’s 73 and has vascular dementia and I hate it. I’m devastated. He’s often the last thing I think about before I go to sleep at night and the first thing I think about when I wake up. The Dad I once knew has been replaced by my new Dad. I miss my old Dad but I love the new one just as much – if not more. He has this innocence about him. I work with young children and my Dad, at times, behaves in a very similar way. How can a man who once ran a finance company not be unable to tell you what he wants for lunch without pointing to it, count money, make a cup of tea, or even know how to put his jumper on the right way? My Mum has to live with this, day in and day out. She puts on a brave face but really she’s just a normal loving wife, doing the best she can for the man she loves.”

The Alzheimer’s Society

“Dad (and Mum) have now started using resources provided by Alzheimer’s Society and I’d like to give something back. I’m hoping to raise £2000. They are the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, there for anyone affected by any form of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They provide information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, and they invest in world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it. They also campaign to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have, and make sure it’s taken seriously and acted on by our governments.”

How you can help

You can support Jennifer by donating to her Virgin Money Giving page or, if you want to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society, you can set up your own fundraising page.

Tuk the High Road

This fundraising effort is really going the distance. 35,000 miles! Taking in the seven wonders of the world, fundraising adventurers Alex Saxon and Kev Pulfrey are attempting the around the world trip in a tuk-tuk.

We heard from them as they got ready to start their epic challenge.

“So, here we are…Tuk The High Road!

“Our plan is simple (or at least on paper it sounds simple). We are going to drive 35,000 miles around the world, via the seven wonders of the world, on a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw known as a tuk-tuk. This will be a world first and a Guinness World Record.

“Our adventure will see us driving across Europe, Asia and the Americas. We will traverse mountains, conquer deserts, explore rainforests and battle through snow. We will evade tigers, befriend locals and break down in the worst places imaginable. We will face danger, overcome fears and have our eyes opened to the delights of planet earth. We will do all of this in a year(ish) and you can follow us as our journey unfolds.

“We are doing this in the name of charity and goodwill, with the benefactors being The Alzheimer’s Society and War Child. We hope to raise a goodly amount of money for these two charities using our Virgin Money Giving page.

“It is not long until our departure from London where we will drive south to Dover and catch the ferry to France. Once on mainland Europe our journey will take us towards Rome and our first wonder: the Colosseum. We shall head east through Europe, crossing into Asia in Turkey where we expect to be met with some harsh driving conditions in a cold, desert-like environment.

“We will then pass through Iran and Pakistan to India where we find our second wonder, the Taj Mahal.

“From India we ship to Thailand, the birthplace of our little Tuk and the start of the Orient. Two wonders are here: Angkor Wat in Cambodia and The Great Wall buried deep in Northern China. The diversity of this part of the trip will be immense as we pass through hot and humid southeast Asia into northern China in the dead of winter, where temperatures can plummet to -20C. From China, and after over a month on a boat, we land in Canada where we start our Americas leg. Driving south into the USA, our journey covers a coast-to-coast route of the States before turning south into Mexico where we find Chichen Itza, our 5th wonder. From there we travel through the jungles of Central America, where our Spanish is really put to the test.

“Entering South America from Colombia, we kick start our final continent and will feel pushed to the limit. We have thousands of miles to travel through the Amazon rainforest and over the Andes mountain range to ensure we see Machu Picchu in Peru and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, where our journey will be drawing to a close. All that will be left is a boat ride to Portugal and the steady drive back to the UK. I told you it sounded simple on paper!

“We will be blogging, uploading pictures, videos and being as active as possible on our Twitter and Facebook. So be sure to check out our website to track our progress and to see how you can support the two charities we are fundraising for: The Alzheimer’s Society and War Child.”

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