Sarah from 2BR news is swapping her heels for hiking boots to take on one mammoth challenge.
100k in 24 hours for a great cause – that’s going to lead to some blisters!
Sarah is walking to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a cause very close to her heart….
“My Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, it’s been a difficult journey over the past 3 years with a lot of highs and lows.
My Grandma, no longer recognises me without being prompted but despite that she’s still – on good days – the same bright, funny caring woman she always has been".
You can support Sarah online or by texting SCOL77 and the amount to 70070
As part of my journey I went to Burnley General Hospital to get a taste of the training staff are put through.
The dementia tour simulates the most common symptoms people living conditions like Alzheimer's face and tries to give staff an understanding of why patients may act in a certain way.
See the video here;
Before undertaking the tour I was told it would allow me to 'get inside the mind' of a dementia sufferer.
So I was handed special glasses, gloves and insoles....
What it does is alters senses and perception to simulate the day-to-day experiences of people with Alzheimer’s.
So the glasses only allow tunnel vision and insoles which cause pins and needles - these were unbearable.
It also uses headphones which play constant background noise and gloves which hinder sense of touch.
After putting on the equipment I was given a set of instructions and tasks to carry out, I didn't hear a single instruction.
I had no idea what I was meant to do and felt completely out of control.
Ir difficult to put in to words the feeling of utter bewilderment, the only thing that calmed down the feelings of confusion was folding clothes - I was later told that most people find having something to focus on a comfort. You can imagine my anger when the pile was moved out of my way.
Watching how other reacted to the tour was eye-opening, I could pinpoint the behaviour of my Grandma.
I that 10 minutes (which felt like 10 hours) I've learnt more about what my Grandma and others are dealing with on a day to day basis than I have in the 4 years since she was diagnosed.
I didn't like the tour, it was awful, but definitely worth while.
Part of this challenge is about raising awareness of the work the Alzheimer’s Society do, they’re there at times of crisis, lending and understanding ear and helping families and carers through the minefield that is this cruel disease. To do that they need all the help they can get which is why I’ve (stupidly some might say) set myself this ridiculous challenge”.
Or text SCOL 77 and the amount to 70070
FUNDRAISING - £380
MILES WALKED - LOST COUNT (doh!)
Thank you so much for all your support so far.
It's been quite the week and it's involved A LOT of walking.
So on Thursday, I set myself the challenge of walking home from work. I thought it'd help with how I'm going to feel at 3:00am when I do the walk for real.
It didn't exactly go to plan but I did make it!
I headed out from Petre Court at around 12:00pm finally arriving home 5 hours later after sweating, getting rained on and taking an unintentional detour.
Yes, I managed to go completely the wrong way at Gannow Top round about in Burnley and by this point I really needed my afternoon nap.
Luckily Paul Winstanley was hand with words of encouragement and support..
Lessons learnt: plan a route, don't overdo layers and get some waterproof trousers.....
This week I'll be meeting Lancashire families who've been helped by the Alzheimer's Society and of course doing more training. Keep up to date here and on air.
DAY ONE: Here goes......
100k in 24 hours, how hard can it be?
I do fear I may have bitten off more than I can chew but I'm doing this walk for a cause that is very close to my heart.
My wonderful Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014, to be honest it didn't come as a huge surprise but that doesn't make it any less heartbreaking.
The years since then have been quite the roller coaster, we live from day to day not knowing what challenges are on the way.
It's not something I find easy to talk about, I prefer to make a joke and crack on. However to help raise awareness and sponsorship I've decided to share my experiences.....