Recently several members of our Westbury team took part in a charity event, called TREK 26. A hike across the streets of London to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer's Society.
This year we wanted to take part in another walking challenge and use it to raise money for a charity. In 2022, our team walked the Walk The Walk half-marathon – which ended up being just over 15 miles following route diversions – those extra miles are important to count! It was gruelling.
Walking across solid concrete paving slabs, stepping on and off kerbs, and contending with the occasional staircase. We were also sleep-deprived; The walk itself beginning at mid-night and ending around 5am. But by the end we felt a huge sense of achievement and pride to have raised over £1,615 for several cancer charities.
So this year we set our sights on something a little different, the TREK26 walk for Alzheimer’s society.
We joined 1000 of other fundraisers and hikers who were walking either 13 or 26 miles across the UK. Walking the 13 mile London route. But there are other events taking place in the Lake District, Brecon Beacons, Cotswolds, North York Moors, Peak District, Stonehenge, and South Devon Coast.
Joining us on our walk was Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis. About the walk he has reportedly said “In Outnumbered, we did a long-running plotline in which my pretend father-in-law had Alzheimer’s and we were wondering how we could help him and what we should do, which is something faced by loads of families.”
Explaining that he felt it was important for shows, such as Outnumbered, to normalise the disease and remove stigma.
There are almost a million people across the UK suffering from Dementia. But it isn’t just those individuals who are impacted by the disease, it’s also the people who care for them and the families within which they live.
Alzheimer’s Society rely on donations and fundraisers to continue to support everyone affected by Dementia and work towards a cure in the near future.
The Westbury team have managed to raise an impressive £3,189… and counting!