Christien & Yas, ran the Virgin Sport 10k Run in July 2017 to raise an amazing £1,190 for the Bromley Dementia Support Hub.
Christien blogs about why they ran…
“My girlfriend, Yas and I, ran the Virgin 10k Run because our hero, Nanny J, was diagnosed with dementia, which over the years has sadly got progressively worse. But with the help of Bromley Dementia Support Hub, things have become easier and less of a taboo for us all as a family!
Our arrangements with Nan have become more organised and smooth, and we thankfully have a huge understanding now of how to act and cope ourselves with this illness.
The Hub offers some incredible services for families affected including personalised coaching in the home for families, focusing on your own experiences, challenges and needs as a carer of a person with dementia. Offering helpful advice and aids with planning for the future, the Hub will help understanding and accessing all the support you are legally entitled to as a carer.
It was extremely comforting discussing everything involved in our within own home, making it less daunting for us all, and particularly for Nan.
We started training for the run four weeks prior to the race using Hackney Downs park as our training circuit, spending many sweaty evenings and mornings running around it. When the race day finally came round, we were both a little nervous (particularly as temperature’s were reaching a sweltering 32 degrees), but we were certainly very ready for what was to come and gave it our all!”
Pictured above: Ann Jones (Co-operative Funeralcare, West Wickham) Cllr Kathy Bance (Mayor of Bromley), Lyn Eustace (Chair of Memory Box Dementia Café), Unity Slade Howard President of Ravenswood (West Wickham) WI and Neil Ingole (Co-op Food Stores, Coney Hall)
The Memory Box Café for people living with dementia based in West Wickham now plans to run twice a month thanks to extra funds from the Co-op Local Community Fund.
Bromley Mayor Councillor Kathy Bance, who visited Memory Box Dementia Café in November 2017, presented a cheque from the Co-op for £2,300.66 to Ravenswood (West Wickham) Women’s Institute (WI) outside the Co-op Food Store at Coney Hall on Saturday 25th November 2017.
Ravenswood (West Wickham) WI runs Memory Box Café at the Emmanuel Church in The Grove, West Wickham. This money raised by Co-op Coney Hall, along with other fundraising, will allow the Cafe to run twice a month from February, on the first and third Friday of each month.
The Memory Box Café is run by volunteers and, for the past 18 months, has provided free entertainment, information, fun and refreshments for people living with dementia and their carers.
The project is part of Ravenswood (West Wickham) WI’s work to make West Wickham a dementia friendly community.
Jesica Benitez and Karen Lewis from the Bromley Dementia Support Hub, braved the cold and damp to take part in the Movember 10k Running Race in Greenwich Park on Sunday 27th November. They completed the hilly course in 1 hour and 5 minutes, raising £650 for Bromley Dementia Support Hub.
Karen said, “I was delighted to take part in the run to help raise awareness and funds for this valuable service which helps people with a diagnosis and their families to access local support and services which can greatly enhance their quality of life.”
Jesica said, “This is the first time I have participated in a run so I had to train hard to be able to do it but it was very rewarding to know that all the effort is for a good cause and that people with dementia and their friends and family will greatly benefit from the money raised”.