Bekki, a Care Assistant at Woodbury Court care home in Essex, and her best friend, Abby, have pledged to swim 10 miles for dementia.
Over the course of the month, Bekki, who works at Woodbury Court, and Abby, will be swimming 10 miles each, or more, to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The pair have received tremendous support from the community, and so far, have raised an impressive £282 for the charity.
Commenting on her personal and professional experience with dementia, Bekki, said:
“Dementia is something that is very close to us, and something that has impacted my family in different ways. The money we raise will help people affected by dementia get the support they need, and will fund research that will help to hopefully, one day, find a cure.”
According to figures published by the Alzheimer’s Society, around 900,000 people live with dementia in the UK, and this is projected to rise to 1.6 million people by 2040.
Home Manager at Woodbury Court, Mel Oliver, said: “I am so proud of Bekki doing the swim for Dementia. She is such a kind, caring and compassionate member of the team and is very dedicated to our residents.
Bekki is a true inspiration for doing this and I hope the wider community will sponsor her.”