A GRANDMOTHER is stepping up to a mighty challenge of walking 850,000 steps within three months to help beat a cruel illness which has affected both of her parents.
Jane Evans, a grandmother and mother-of-four, is taking on the ‘Step up for Dementia’ challenge organised by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Jane, who lives in Olton and is an office secretary and finance assistant at Rainier Developments based in Henley, is hoping to raise around £500 by taking a step for each person currently living with dementia in the UK.
She said: “It’s such a cruel illness and I know so many people who are affected.
“My mum had Alzheimer’s and dementia and was really poorly. We lost her seven years ago and just over 12 months ago, my dad was diagnosed with dementia so we are going through it all again.
“It’s heart-breaking and the only thing we can do to help make a difference to the lives of those affected is to raise money and help beat it.
“It’s going to be difficult especially when we are on lockdown but I do love a challenge and it is for such a good cause. My family, friends and work colleagues are being so supportive and every donation counts.
“Luckily I do have a treadmill so I’m able to do about 14,000 steps a day and keep count using a fitness tracker.”
“I’m hoping to be able to complete the challenge before the end of June and if I do, will try to get to one million steps.”
The charity is asking fund-raisers to go the extra mile with the impact of coronavirus set to hit people affected by dementia the hardest.
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jane-Evans55 to donate to Jane’s challenge.