London Marathon: Liz Davey ready to run for Dementia Revolution
Bishop's Stortford parkrun participants helped to bolster Liz Davey's London Marathon fundraising.
Mother-of-four Liz, 50, of Little Hadham, is taking on Sunday's race to raise cash for Dementia Revolution. Her 90-year-old mother, Eileen Davey, suffered from the devastating disease before she passed away at the beginning of April.
“Dementia is such an awful condition that steals away that person," Liz said. "I'll be thinking of her and how raising these funds can maybe save others from suffering in the future."
Liz was devastated by the loss of her mother. "I have been training and fundraising hard to help keep my mind off things and I will do my best on Sunday," she said.
She has now smashed her fundraising total for Dementia Revolution. She originally set out to raise £2,000 for the charity, but her total currently stands at over £2,500, and this amount continues to climb.
Dementia is the biggest health threat facing society and there are no effective treatments to prevent, slow or cure it. There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia – this will rise to more than a million by 2025. And one in three people born this year will develop dementia in their lifetime.
"It slowly strips people of their memories and identities, yet dementia research is still hugely underfunded compared to other terminal conditions," Liz pointed out.
Dementia Revolution is a joint, one-year campaign by the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK, and is the official charity of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.
It is raising money for the Dementia Research Institute (DRI). Six centres across the UK will be home to more than 700 researchers from a range of scientific disciplines, all working to change the outlook for people living with dementia.
As part of Liz's fundraising, she held a cake stall at the Castle Park parkrun on March 30 which raised £55. You can add to her fundraising total by visiting her online donation page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LizDavey