After a tough June, things have really picked back up here at Cheney’s Charity Challenges. July saw me take part in the X Runner Water Wipeout to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Society. The Course set over 5k at Nottingham National Water Sports Centre, containing 39 obstacles, including open water swimming, fire jumps, monkey bars and cargo nets to name but a few and had to be completed twice to achieve the challenges 10k target.
On this occasion I was joined by my brother John-Paul and local friends Kent and Tom Tebbutt raised over another £100 bringing the total so far to over £1900.
“I wanted to do something for all those that suffer with dementia, or support those that do. Our Grandma suffered near the end of her life and it was difficult to see the person who I loved and had such fond memories of disappear.”
“Alzheimer’s Society is a fantastic charity and are really working not only to support those effected by dementia, but to drive research into the causes and possible treatments for the future”
Next month I am raising money and awareness for Age UK, by participating in a 13,000ft Tandem Skydive, which considering my fear of heights/falling, should be interesting.
I am also looking for Donations for our Charity Auction at the end of the year, so please contact us through the website.
WHY THE ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY AND WHY HOME FROM HOME?
July Sees me raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society through the Home from Home Dementia Daycare Centre.
My grandma developed Alzheimer’s in the later years of her life, and it was heart breaking to watch the person who had taken care of us as children slowly disappear. So hard in fact that I had to distance myself in the last stages of her life as I wanted to remember her as she was when I was younger, something I regret to this day. The Alzheimer’s Society does fantastic work support those who are affected by Dementia and projects like Home from Home give essential, local, practical help and support.
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?
I’ll be running the Water Wipeout, the world’s wettest fun run in the world of obstacle racing, which will challenge me to the core! Hosted at the National Water Sports Centre based in Nottinghamshire and with a capacity of literally thousands on site at any one time as it plays host to some of the UK’s most notable sporting events. Last year they introduced the white water course as an obstacle where you have to jump into the fast flowing water and boy did everyone enjoy that experience!
WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?
Sea fairing, world wanderer and DIY supremo Kent, is joining me and Neil at Xrunner 2019. Being no stranger to watery conditions, Kent’s expertise will pay dividends when clambering around on the slippery obstacles.
Motorsport expert and vinyl officionardo, brother of Kent will be joining us at the Xrunner. His expertise may lay firmly in Formula 1 and more recently Formula E, but his love of speed will hopefully encourage us to post a quick time.
Not to be out done by his wife Vicki who’s completing the three peaks with me, my brother John will be joining us as part of our Xrunner team. Recently becoming a dad, John says that he could do with the break that running a 10km water-based obstacle course will bring!
“This is an open event so if you’d like join us and see your face here on Cheney’s Charity Challenges sign up for the 1pm start here“Check out – https://xrunner.co.uk/water-wipeout/
WHO ARE THE ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY AND HOME FROM HOME?
Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.
Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure.
We know it is scary facing up to it, but we must confront the biggest health and social care challenge of our time.
WHAT WE DO
Thanks to your support, Alzheimer’s Society is facing dementia head on. Whether you’re a fundraiser, donor, partner, or affected by dementia in any way, we’re working with you to build a movement. Inspired by your voices, we’re leading the way in support, society and research.As the largest and most influential dementia charity in the UK, we are calling on everyone to unite. Working together we know we will achieve our vision – a world without dementia.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY
Home from Home Dementia Day Care is a community-organisation based in Hinckley, Leicestershire focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place.
Their sessions run Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm with a main meal included for lunch. A staff ratio of 1:3 ensures that people with dementia receive enough attention to partake in their chosen activity safely with as much or little attention as individuals require.
Their tireless staff assist people living with dementia to continue with their hobbies and interests and regular and popular activities include gardening, painting, crafts, and singing.
Their dedicated staff ensure that the people with dementia have plenty of time to engage in their chosen activity without getting too tired; and their carers can relax knowing that their loved one is safe and happy in our purpose built dementia daycare.
COULD YOU HELP OUT?
If you feel that you can offer Home from Home monetary donations or volunteering your time and expertise, they are always looking for volunteers to help make their vision a reality. Contact them here.