A SOLIHULL care home worker put her best foot forward in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Katie Moore completed a 13 mile walk across the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales and up South Wales’ highest peak – Pen Y Fan.
Katie, who works as an activities coordinator at Ardenlea Grove Bupa Care Home raised £350 for the Alzheimer’s Society – an amount which has been matched by Bupa, bringing the total donation to £700
Through her work Katie sees the effect that Alzheimer’s can have on residents and their loved ones, so decided to take on the trek to help raise awareness.
Katie said: “Working in the care home, it’s our job to help people with dementia live well.
“All the same, I’ve seen how difficult the diagnosis can be for families, especially before they seek help, so I wanted to do my bit to help by raising money for the incredible Alzheimer’s Society.
“I’m not the fittest person and didn’t do much training beforehand so it’s safe to say the trek was a big challenge.
“I started my walk at 9:52 and finished at 6:15pm, and even walked two miles with no shoes on as I felt like my feet were quite literally going to drop off.”
Katie said she met and joined two women while doing the trek and she believe it was thanks to their support and laughter, along with the driving force of knowing she was doing something to stop dementia in its tracks she made it home.
Kelly Holder, home manager at Ardenlea Grove Bupa Care Home, said: “We are so proud of Katie’s fantastic achievement and all the money that she has raised for the Alzheimer’s Society.
“We support a lot of residents with dementia so are thrilled that Katie has chosen to trek for such an incredible and worthy cause.”