Rebekah McNichol, Administration Support for Rosedale’s Norfolk homes in Attleborough, Diss and Wymondham, has climbed Ben Nevis as part of the ‘My Ten Days’ initiative at Rosedale Funeral Home. The scheme enabled Rebekah to take additional holiday, with full pay, in order to support a charity very close to her heart: The Alzheimer’s Society.
“Over the last 18 months my awareness of dementia on individuals, their families and friends has increased dramatically not only through my job as a Funeral Administrator with Rosedale Funeral Home but also as I have seen its devastating impact on my parents” says Rebekah, “I felt that I needed to be doing something positive to aid the Alzheimer’s Society, so I signed up for the Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge which took place on 5th July 2019. Now historically, I am not known for my love of walking and drove my parents and siblings to despair as I spent my childhood trailing after them, so I know that they are all proud that I committed myself to this challenge and that I will be doing it in my parents honour”.
Statistics produced by the Alzheimer’s Society show that there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This is predicted to soar to 2 million by 2051. 225,000 will be diagnosed with dementia in 2019, one every three minutes. In addition, 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia and 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems. Astonishingly there are also over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.
If you would like to sponsor or support Rebekah with her challenge and help her raise vital funds for this wonderful charity please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebekah-mcnicol. Or if you are interested in signing up to one of the many challenges such as the Midnight Walk Up Ben Nevis please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.