An intrepid fundraiser is set to take on 16 tough challenges to mark 2016 in honour of his brave mother and late grandmother who have both suffered from the effects of dementia.
Dominic Stevens, of Tupton, Chesterfield, aims to raise over £1,616 in keeping with the New Year theme for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Dominic said: “I am training hard and supporting this charity for two reasons. One is because of the memories of my grandma and the difficulties she experienced with dementia in later life.
“It was a tough experience to understand as a 13-year-old boy why someone really loved and cared for didn’t recognise you anymore.
“Secondly, it is for my mother-in-law who is moving through the stages of this horrible disease and the stresses and strains it puts on everyone in the family. She now requires full-time care at such a young age.
“Along the way I will be joined on these challenges by friends, family and colleagues and I want to thank them now for sparing their time.”
The 16 challenges include his first ever ultra-marathon, a first open water swim, a first triathlon, and a 50-mile cycle ride, a marathon, and a Ben Nevis night-time climb.
The first challenge starts on New Year’s Day by giving up alcohol for six months.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted Dom is giving his time because 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Dom to continue our vital work.”
Dominic is urging people to sponsor him to reach a minimum target of £1616 for the Sixteen in 16 Challenge by either visiting www.justgiving.co.uk/sixteenin16 or simply texting SIXT77 £10 to 70070.
Details can also be found at the website www.sixteenin16.co.uk.