Beth Kent, Quality Assurance Support Specialist from Smartbox, raised just over £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Research after completing the Swimming Down Dementia Challenge in October. Read below to find out what motivated Beth to take on the challenge and how the Foundation was able to support her fundraising efforts.
“On the 17th September, 2020, my brilliant, loving, wonderful Nan, Kath Parker, passed away, due to a hospital induced rapid deterioration of her dementia. Because of the pandemic, she spent the last few weeks of her life alone in a hospital bed, with family and friends unable to visit. Understandably, this was completely heart-breaking for us. My family and I were thankful to be able to see her on the day she died, but by then, she was unable to communicate.
This fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research UK is, in part, my way of saying goodbye to the thoughtful, kind, and outstandingly batty teddy bear fanatic who shaped my life and made me laugh when laughing seemed impossible.
I swam 10.25km over September and October, and, thanks to the kindness and generosity of family and friends, I raised a whopping £765, dramatically smashing my original target of £100!! On top of that, the CareTech Foundation match-funded the maximum amount, so I’m unbelievably proud to say that this fundraiser has raised the incredible amount of £1,115 for Alzheimer’s Research UK!
I’d like to say a huge thank you to my family, friends, coworkers, and of course to the CareTech Foundation, for helping me do my Nan proud. Hopefully this money can help support another person with Alzheimer’s, and prevent another family from going through the trauma of losing a member to dementia”