"I'm running the marathon for all the residents I've met within the care homes I visit and for my close family friend who has recently been diagnosed with dementia. "
John Barker, who lives in Newcastle will take to the streets of Manchester on Sunday 5 April to raise money for Dementia UK.
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through its Admiral Nurses. When things get challenging, the nurses work alongside families, giving them the support and practical solutions they need to face dementia with more confidence.
John said: “In the care sector, day after day we see people who are living with dementia and the toll it can take on families. Dementia UK do an incredible job, providing support to families and those living with the condition, enabling them to live with dignity and comfort.
“I'm running the marathon for all the residents I've met within the care homes I visit and for my close family friend who has recently been diagnosed with dementia. Whatever I raise is a drop in the ocean but every little helps.
“About four years ago I started running again after a long break, just to stay healthy and keep the weight off, now I’ve got the bug!
“Next year, I’d love to have a team of people run the marathon from across our homes, apart from being a great day we could raise a shed load of cash!”
John has also arranged for Healthcare Management Solutions to take part in Dementia UK’s ‘Time for a cuppa’ event, which will take place in March.