A group of staff from Heydays Care & Support in South Cumbria recently embarked on a testing month-long challenge in aid of dementia charity, Alzheimer’s Society.
Heydays is a private home care company that operates across South Cumbria and North Lancashire, helping and supporting clients to maintain independent and fulfilling lives in their own homes.
Staff members decided to raise funds for the charity to mark Dementia Action Week, which takes place from 17th to 23rd May.
Dawn Darby, Co-founder of Heydays said, “I’ve worked in the care sector for nearly twenty years and one of the biggest challenges we come across in client care is dementia, because it can affect almost every aspect of a sufferer’s life”.
“We train our staff team in specialist Dementia Care which gives them the tools and knowledge to care for individuals who have declining cognitive abilities, as well as offering support to their loved ones.
“Anything we can do to contribute towards the fantastic research and work of the Alzheimer’s Society is worthwhile.”
A team of nine employees from the company decided to take on individual challenges throughout the month of May, which would push themselves to their limits. Between them, the team aimed to cover a whopping 600 miles during May. This is roughly equivalent to travelling from Barrow to London and back again!
Kelly Shaw, Co-Founder of Heydays said, “I challenged myself to run 50 miles during the month. Amongst our team we have walkers, runners and skaters! We hope to raise a grand total of £500 for Alzheimer’s Society through our combined efforts”.
Now that the team have successfully completed their challenge, they are making the final fundraising collections before presenting the total to the Alzheimer’s Society. To view the full details of the challenge and some of the team’s progress updates, visit their Just Giving fundraising page .
To find out more about Dementia Action Week and the work of the Alzheimer’s Society, visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/