When I saw that Ricoh were hosting an Abseil down London’s Broadgate Tower (all 161 meters of it) for Alzheimer’s Research, I knew I had to take part. This was something I could do for my Dad, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s last year.
Our family has absolutely no history of Alzheimer’s, in the young or old, yet it has completely come out of the blue for my Dad at the age of 55. Amongst other things, my Dad’s Alzheimer’s has already stolen his ability to drive, to write, sometimes to remember what he’s done during the day and to hold a conversation without repetition - the kind of things we all take for granted each and every day.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive, terminal disease and the average lifespan is just 8-10 years. There is no cure, no real treatment and a huge lack of physical and emotional support - not only for the individual living with dementia but the partners, children and carers who are living with them too. With the right support, people can live very well with dementia (just watch ‘The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes’ on Channel 4), but awareness of the things we can do as a society to achieve this is very low, if not non-existent, and this needs to change. It’s an extremely underfunded area of research, hence why I want to challenge my fear of heights and abseil down one of the tallest buildings in London to raise vital funds.
Although this will be a massive challenge for me, it doesn’t compare to the daily struggles of someone living with Alzheimer’s, or any kind of dementia for that matter. Many of us will know of neighbours, parents or grandparents who have struggled with this disease and the prevalence is only set to get higher. So whatever you can give, please dig deep so we can find a cure ASAP! Lets keep families together for longer.
Please give whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Alzheimer's Research UK, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it really means a lot!