Skydive for Alzheimers Research UK - Helene's story

For as long as I can remember my life has been touched by the effects of Dementia in some way.

My Grandma was the first person I knew with Alzheimer’s and I was very young and struggled to understand why it affected her the way it did and as a child I found this quite scary.

My Grandma lived with Alzheimer’s for years and succumbed to it in its later stages when I was in my early twenties.

It was soon after that I started working in the social care sector and I have worked with many older people with varying different types of Dementia and have seen first hand the heart-breaking effects that it has on the person themselves and on their loved ones.

I now currently work for Home Instead Fareham and we specialise in providing home care to people with Dementia and I train all our wonderful Caregivers to provide our service including Home Instead City & Guilds accredited Alzheimer’s Course.

Therefore it is without doubt if I was gonna throw myself out of a plane, then this was the reason I would want to do that…to raise money for a charity who are the leading dementia and Alzheimer’s disease research charity. They have a vision of a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

Over the next few months my colleagues Alison, Louise and myself as well as the rest of our Caregivers will be relentlessly fundraising for this wonderful charity.

We are planning many events to which we will keep everyone updated and it will culminate with the Skydive from 15000 ft. on the 30th June 2018.

All the money raised will support Alzheimer’s Research UK and below are their latest statistics and information on how the money will help them as every day more and more people are diagnosed.

  • Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK and numbers are increasing
  • Around 38% of the UK population know a close friend or family member with dementia
  • At £24 billion each year, dementia costs the UK economy more than cancer and heart disease combined
  • £20 could fund one hour of vital research
  • £50 could provide access to specialist equipment for studying cells
  • £120 could support complex protein analysis

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https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helene-shergold

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