A former nurse is to raise funds by walking one step for every person with dementia in the UK.
Liz Stoddard has so far raised more than £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK and already completed more than a third of her Lap Of Honour with 380,000 steps done.
With 850,000 people affected by the condition, Liz will eventually rack up a whopping 350 miles on foot.
Liz’s father suffered vascular dementia and died aged just 58, when Liz was in her 30s, and the former community psychiatric nurse now supports her family in caring for her mum Betty, who also has a form of dementia.
Pledging to finish her steps by the end of this summer, the grandmother-of-three has walked the roads and footpaths of the Chilterns and Ridgeway Path, which stretch over a number of counties.
Liz, from Weston-Turville, will also complete a lap of honour at each of the premier football stadiums around the country, a salute to the number of people affected by dementia in the UK, and aims to raise £8,500.
The 60-year-old said: “Imagine all 20 Premier football clubs in the UK filled with people, plus Wembley.
“That’s the same as the number of people who are living with dementia in the UK.
“They are cared for by family and friends who all know the terrible impact the condition has on those living with it.
“Any one of us could be affected by dementia. I am raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK to help my children live a life they can remember.
“Even the smallest of donations makes a difference and I have been so touched by the generosity of people in Buckinghamshire and beyond.”
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