Over the last few years, Middleton Hall has chosen a small, local charity to support each year. They were chosen for their relevance and where we felt that we could make a real difference to a small charity.
For 2014, we have decided to support a major national charity, the Alzheimer’s Society. This is of course relevant to Middleton Hall and everyone connected with us. However, we also felt that it was time that we raised awareness of the critical importance of the work of the Alzheimer’s Society.
My own father spent the last few years of his life with vascular dementia so I am personally very aware of the impact of the disease on individuals and their families. Through that experience and in researching our Family Living Group concept in 2009, I became aware of just how inadequate the resources are for dementia in the UK.
I do not think it is an overstatement to say that finding the means of dealing with the disease and finding a cure are fundamental to all our futures. With an ageing population, the UK’s finances in the future will not be able to cope without major changes in funding for dementia research and a better system of caring for people with dementia. Dementia attracts just one eighth of the funding for research that cancer receives from the government.
So for 2014, Middleton Hall is supporting the work of the Alzheimer’s Society. All our fundraising during the year will go to the charity.
On a personal level, I have agreed to run the London Marathon in April for Alzheimer’s. Having run my first half marathon last year with little preparation, entering a marathon was not perhaps fully thought through, but I am now training for the first time in my life so as to ensure the experience is not too unpleasant.
I would appreciate your support. Thank you.
Please sponsor me to keep me focussed through the arduous and sometimes painful training and get me through the notorious “wall” on April 13th 2014!
My virgin money giving site is:
Alternatively sponsorship forms can be found in the Orangery at Middleton Hall.