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Vicky Pattison and Fiancé Ercan Trek 26-Miles in Memory of Grandad with Dementia

TV personality, author and podcast host Vicky Pattison was among hundreds who completed an epic 26-mile trek around Stonehenge for Alzheimer’s Society on 3 September 2022.

The previously crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’ Vicky Pattison strapped on her walking boots alongside fiancé Ercan Ramadan to honour her beloved grandad, David, who sadly died from dementia aged 92 in February.

Every three minutes someone develops dementia, and it’s estimated that by 2040, 1.6 million people in the UK will have the condition.

In an emotional Instagram tribute, Vicky described her granddad as the ‘life and soul of the party’, adding ‘I don’t know if I quite got your stamina’.

Following the trek, Vicky said:
‘I’ll admit it, my legs are tired, but I think I did my granddad proud out there today! As each step got harder, I felt more determined to channel his fighting spirit and finish the course.’

‘My heart is so full from seeing all the other Alzheimer’s Society supporters trekking alongside me, united by one mission – to raise as much money and awareness as possible to help people with dementia.

I was blown away by the gorgeous views around Stonehenge and the camaraderie among people who were trekking for, or in memory of, their loved ones. We got each other through it and had a total blast.

‘Alzheimer’s Society’s Trek26 events are just one of the many ways you can support the charity. If you’re looking to walk fewer miles, plenty of shorter Memory Walks are happening this Autumn.

‘I’d really encourage everyone to sign up for an event. I can’t bring my granddad back but being able to honour him like this has brought me a lot of comfort.’

 

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