Chesterfield nurses put their best forward to raise cash

The Ashover Allstars after completing the memory walk for  the Alzheimer's Society
The Ashover Allstars after completing the memory walk for the Alzheimer's Society

Nurses from the Ashover ward at the Chesterfield Royal hospital raised hundreds of pounds for the Alzheimer’s Society when they did the memory walk.

Thousands of people took part in the sponsored walk around Rother Valley Country Park to help raise awareness for dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Staff nurse Lesley Rudram took part with her friends and colleagues.

The 55-year-old said: “Dementia is a cause close to our hearts and as nurses we have dealings with patients who are suffering from the disease and want to get more people talking about it.

“For some reason there is a negative stigma surrounding Alzehimer’s and dementia, I think people associate it as an older person’s problem but we are seeing more and more younger people who need help.”

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example and Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.

Lesley said: “Our job can be emotionally challenging but there are so many laughs to be had with patients and as this horrible disease is not something that can be cured but only managed we wanted to help raise awareness.”

The team which included children and adults walked for 10km on Saturday, September 3 and Lesley said it was an emotional experience.

“There was a memory tree where people could place dedications to loved ones who were or had been suffering from the disease and that brought it home what why we doing this event.”

So far more than £200 has been raised but their online donation site is still active justgiving.com/ashoverallstars