CARING Vicky Cowdrey is taking part in a charity walk in memory of her grandparents.
The 44-year-old has signed up for the Alzheimer’s Society memory walk after both her grandparents died from the illness.
I wanted to do something to help the charity and the walk seemed like a great opportunity.Vicky Cowdrey
The 10km walk in Southsea is expected to attract hundreds of people.
Vicky, from Gosport, is excited but slightly nervous about the challenge.
She said: ‘I looked after my grandad when he had dementia and I realised I enjoyed helping people.
‘I liked being able to make someone’s day better.
‘I don’t think there is enough money being put into research to help cure dementia.
‘I wanted to do something to help the charity and the walk seemed like a great opportunity.’
Vicky, who works as a nurse at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, and her husband Lee are doing the walk on September 24. They are hoping to raise £1,000 between them.
She added: ‘Lee’s dad has just been diagnosed with dementia so the charity is definitely something that means a lot to us.
‘We know from our own experiences what it is like.
‘If us taking part can help one person living with dementia, then it is worth it.’
Although Vicky has completed Race for Life, which is 5km, she has never tried a longer distance.
She said: ‘I’m looking forward to doing it. It should be a really good day.
‘I just want to raise as much money as I can. The amount we’ve got so far is really good, but I am keen to keep going.
‘I think it will spur us on to do more fundraisers in the future.’
The Alzheimer’s Society supports people with the illness and looks into research of the condition.
The memory walk starts at 10am on September 24 at Castle Field. Registration is open until September 22. To take part or for more information visit memorywalk.org.uk/find-a-walk/portsmouth.
To donate to Vicky go to justgiving.com/fundraising/MW16vickycowdrey