Harrogate College exams administrator Liz Allan recently climbed Ben Nevis for a special Alzheimer’s Society fundraiser following her grandma’s diagnosis.
The Ben Nevis Challenge saw fundraisers climb Britain’s highest mountain at 1,343m (4,409 feet) above sea level. The challenge saw worsening weather conditions with 60mph winds and hailstone for the majority of the climb.
Liz took part in the challenge having had first-hand experience of the great need for support of sufferers and their family/carers. About 750,000 people in the UK have dementia and numbers are set to rise to one million by 2025, the Alzheimer’s Society helps people every week, providing a range of services to help people with dementia and their carers.
Liz reached the summit in four hours to take a few photos before heading down.
Liz said: “The ‘Challenge’ certainly lived up to its name and I have never felt so cold, wet, tired and stiff… however, it was a totally worthwhile and amazing experience and through a lot of gratefully received support and sponsorship I raised £650 for the society, as a group we raised in excess of £45,000 which will go some way to help people like my grandma and my family cope with the pressures of Alzheimer’s.”