A YOUNG couple are stepping up for dementia, by taking on a walking challenge. Holly Kinman and her boyfriend David Hill, have challenged themselves to walk 850,000 steps each before the end of March. The pair are raising money for Alzheimer’s Society as part of their lockdown exercise plans.
Holly, aged 21 from Ellastone, is a student of psychology with criminology at Nottingham Trent University but deferred her course for a year due to the pandemic. She’s currently working as a team leader at Waitrose in Uttoxeter.
Holly said: “I decided to do this particular challenge as I’m trying to improve my fitness anyway by going on long hikes and reaching summits. I saw this fundraising challenge that Alzheimer’s Society were doing and thought it would be perfect.
“Firstly as it will help me to improve my fitness as it requires several miles of walking per day and secondly I chose that particular charity as a very close relative has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I admire the work that Alzheimer’s Society do in the way of supporting families who are caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s.
“The past few months have been tough for everyone but coronavirus has hit people affected by dementia the hardest and continues to disrupt lives. So that’s why I’m taking on Step Up for Dementia. Please donate to support me and ensure Alzheimer’s Society can be there for the people who need them most.”
The Step Up for Dementia challenge is a nationwide drive by Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of the issues facing people living with dementia and their families, as well as raise much-needed funds for the charity, which provides information and support.
A charity spokesman said: “We’re challenging people to complete 850,000 steps in three months. “That’s the same number of people currently living with dementia in the UK. This challenge suits everyone, so get your family and friends involved too. Together you’ll discover all the ways to hit 850,000 steps. Achieve 9,400 steps a day for three months by heading out on long treks, dancing or even hoovering your way to the distance.
“Step Up for Dementia is a great way to support people living with dementia, while ticking off a big goal in 2021.”
Alzheimer’s Society has a Step Up for Dementia Facebook group sharing details about the challenge where participants can share their achievements and support each other.
To find out more about dementia and the work of Alheimer’s Society, visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk. Anyone who would like to support Holly and David on their Step Up for Dementia challenge can donate online at www.justgiving.com by searching for: teamdavidandholly or click here.
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