Alzheimer’s Society unites against dementia in Everest challenge

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Two Alzheimer’s Society colleagues will “push themselves to the limit” when they embark on one of the world’s greatest treks. Anna Ward and Hayley Woodyatt will swap heels for hiking boots for the dementia charity on a sponsored trek to the iconic Everest Base Camp, where they hope their Himalayan hike will raise £20,000 to help the charity find a dementia cure and provide vital support for people affected by the condition. 

Anna, who lives in Bexley, South East London, has been inspired to take part in the 115-kilometre walk after meeting people affected by dementia while working for Alzheimer’s Society over the last five years. Anna now manages the charity’s Will to Remember project which helps people affected by dementia create their own wills.   

“We will be walking in extreme conditions, at high altitude and will most likely return home two broken women,” Anna, 26, said with a smile. “But we’re ready to put ourselves through this because in the sixteen days it takes us to complete our trek, 7,680 people will develop dementia and there is currently no cure.”

For Hayley, a Will to Remember Executive who lives in York, the fight against dementia is close to her heart as her maternal grandparents were living with vascular dementia when they died. 

“One of my saddest moments was hearing my granddad tell me about his granddaughter, Hayley, and pointing me out in a photograph. It was really tough watching my mum go through losing her parents to dementia and I wish now I’d known more about the condition so we could have made things easier for them.”  

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