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Kerry Puts Her Best Foot Forward To Raise Money For Dementia Research And Care

A caring dementia support worker is embarking on a fundraising sponsored steps campaign in May – and care home residents are keen to join her on the journey.

Kerry McWilliams,41, works at Ashlea Lodge Care Home near Sunderland, and has been inspired to raise money for Dementia UK by her grandparents, both of whom lived with Dementia.

Her fundraising venture also ties in with Dementia Action Week which runs from May 13-19th. The aim of Dementia Action Week this year is diagnosis and calling on the Government and the NHS to prioritise dementia in policy and decision-making.

Kerry’s initial aim was to walk 31 miles during the month of May – she has long since surpassed this figure and is now encouraging residents at Ashlea Court to join her and add a few steps to her total each day.

Kerry has worked at Ashlea Lodge, in Hylton Rd, Sunderland, for 3 years. It was the very first home in the Orchard Care Homes group to feature a Reconnect Community.

Reconnect Communities allow for truly personalised approach to care alongside meaningful occupation and non-reliance on pharmacological approaches. Orchard also operates a Dementia Promise, which is an ongoing commitment by the company to challenge the inequalities often experienced by people living with dementia.

She said: “My nana had vascular dementia and grandad has lewy body dementia. This is why I was drawn into dementia care. I have been at Ashlea Lodge for a while now and am completely passionate about my work, providing a happy and fulfilled life for people living with the condition.”

Kerry added: “It is honestly so rewarding, that I want to give something back and help to raise awareness.”

Kerry has already raised £100 online but that total is set to rise considerably through direct cash donations. If you would like to add to her fundraising efforts you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/uy7d2k-walk-31-miles-in-may

 

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