Skydive for Alzheimers Research UK - Louise's story

Dementia affects more than a third of the UK population. That’s more than one in 3 people affected either directly or indirectly in the form of a friend or a family member.

I am one of the few people who can say that they have never been directly affected, I have friends who have relatives who suffer from the condition and I had heard examples of the things you experience or witness, none of it was real to me though. I had no way to put a personal perspective on the conditions that impact over 850,000 people in the UK alone.

My own Paternal Grandmother, a lady I never met due to the complexity of life and separated parents, was affected by the condition. Again, it lent no personal perspective to Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

I joined Home Instead 4 years ago and since joining I have witnessed first-hand, not just the condition itself but how it ravages the individual, making them a shadow of their former self.

It is also how the condition affects loved ones, family members, neighbours and even the carers alike who dedicate their time to help, assist and care for the individual with the condition.

Why then am I about to jump out of a plane? I hear you ask. The answer for me is clear. Duty.

Duty to speak up and raise awareness for this terrible disease. As someone who has a family history of Alzheimer’s, I feel it is my duty to help in any way I can.

So dig deep, spare what you can. You don’t have to break the bank. You could even give up some of your time to help raise money for this wonderful cause.

Over the next few months my colleagues Alison and Helene 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

Everyone’s support will mean so much to us here at Home Instead as we continue every day to support peoples loved ones living with Dementia at home.

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