Keynsham friends to walk a marathon twice for Alzheimer's research

Published on: 04 Sep 2015

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Two friends from Keynsham are walking the equivalent of more than two marathons in less than 24 hours to help battle an illness that affects thousands across Britain.

Claire Weymouth, 27, and Zoe Young, 33, will set off from Putney Bridge in London to walk 100km to Henley in the Thames Path Challenge on September 12.

They will join nearly 4,000 other walkers all raising money for good causes and the pair have chosen to support the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity they believe needs more support for its work on dementia research.

Claire, a geo-environmental consultant, took part in the 26-mile Stonehenge Trek last year in aid of the charity and this year has enlisted police officer Zoe to join her on her charity challenge.

She said: “I feel it’s a really under-supported charity. There’s always so much going on for other causes. So many people are affected by Alzheimer’s – the statistics are quite scary – and I think that they need more support.

“I did the Stonehenge Trek last year and got really good support locally so I thought I had to up the ante this year if I was going to ask people to support me again.”

Setting themselves a minimum £1,000 fundraising target, which they’ve already reached on their online fundraising page, the pair have been putting on their walking boots whenever they can to prepare for the trek along the Thames.

Building up from 10-mile to 30-mile walks, Claire has been struck by injury and advised to rest before the challenge but Zoe has continued to head out whatever the weather to train.

Claire said: “Zoe might have to give me a piggy back but I will cross the finish line!”

The Alzheimer’s Society says around 225,000 people develop dementia every year in the UK – equivalent to around one person every three minutes. Yet, the Government invests eight times less in dementia research than cancer research, says the charity.

To support Claire and Zoe’s fundraising walk, visit their webpage at www.justgiving.com/Claire-weymouth-Zoe-young.

For more on the Alzheimer’s Society, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.

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