Care South Home Manager To Take On 70.3-Mile ‘Ironman’ Challenge For Dementia UK

Care South Home Manager Debbie Preston will taking on a 70.3-mile triathlon to support the fight against dementia.

Debbie, who is home manager of Care South’s Dorset House in Hamworthy, Poole, will swim 1.2 miles in open water, cycle 56 miles, and then finish by running 13.1 miles during the Weymouth ‘Ironman’ challenge.

The gruelling challenge is in aid of Dementia UK, which supports families with loved one who are suffering from Dementia. This is a cause close to Debbie’s heart in both her professional life with Care South and her personal life too.

It will take place on Sunday 22 September, the day after World Alzheimer’s Day.

Debbie Preston, Home Manager at Care South’s Dorset House in Poole, at a previous event.

Debbie, 48, from Weymouth, said: “I have been training hard since January for the Ironman, getting up at around 5.30pm ¬– when most people would still be asleep ¬– to pound the pavements or take a swim. Then after a day’s work at Dorset House, I would do it all again.

“Dementia is an illness close to my heart, both as the manager of a home that care for people with the disease, and personally after my dad was diagnosed with dementia in 2013. He eventually had to go into care as he was unable to be looked after at home.”

She is hoping to raise £200 for Dementia UK through the Iron Man challenge, although she has already nearly hit that target. To help Debbie raise even more, visit her JustGiving page at: