Trekker helps launch campaign

Ann Yourston, from Penicuik, with her friend Ann Robertson.
Ann Yourston, from Penicuik, with her friend Ann Robertson.

A Penicuik fundraiser set to head to China later this year last week helped Alzheimer Scotland launch its annual new year campaign.

‘Challenge Dementia’ urges the nation to shake off the January blues and sign up to a sporting challenge in 2018 to support people living with dementia across Scotland.

With research suggesting that one person in the world develops dementia every three seconds, Scotland’s national dementia charity is calling on the public to take urgent action to support the increasing numbers of people living with dementia across Scotland by walking, running and cycling to raise vital funds. Every penny raised supports Alzheimer Scotland’s mission to help make sure nobody faces dementia alone.

Housing officer Ann Yourston (51) from Penicuik, has joined forces with Alzheimer Scotland to share why she will be honouring her parents’ memory in 2018, by taking part in a Great Wall of China trek in October.

The challenge will see Ann, alongside her friend and colleague Ann Robertson, take part in the hiking adventure which covers a distance of 36km over five days, to raise up to £3,000 for the charity.

She said: “I lost mum and dad to dementia three months apart in 2001. The illness turned our lives upside down; but you have no choice but to pick yourself back up and carry on.

“Dementia is scary and is still a bit of a taboo subject, but I am already seeing things improve. Yes, it is a horrible and progressive disease but there is now so much support available to help people live well with dementia so things are moving ahead positively.

“After completing the Petra trek challenge last year, I wanted to take on a bigger challenge in 2018 and decided upon the Great Wall of China.

“As well as all the health and fitness benefits which come with training for the challenge, we hope to raise as much as possible to help support dementia which is a cause so close to my heart.”