On 14th September, CareTech plc’s Mark Lazarus and his wife Catherine completed the Alzheimer’s Society’s Trek26 challenge, a demanding 26-mile hike over moorland and mountains to raise money to support the research, support and care provided by the society for dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers.
The Alzheimer’s Society is a personal cause for Mark, whose father, Jack, is in the latter stages of dementia. Mark describes his father as ‘a remarkable man… witty, kind, strong and a role model to me and my siblings’. The disease has left his father bedridden needing constant medical care, and without a memory of who his family members are.
The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s largest and most influential dementia charity, whose efforts to combat the disease are threefold, providing individual support for sufferers and their families; filling gaps in the social care system; and, ultimately, finding a cure for the disease so that no one needs to deal with dementia in the future.
Mark described his efforts in training for and completing the challenge as ‘nothing compared to what the victims and families affected by this disease experience’. He added that his motivation to complete the challenge comes from a desire to support the Society’s search for a cure so that future generations do not have to go through what he and his family have.
The £1300 that Mark has already raised will be boosted by £250 from the CareTech Foundation’s match funding scheme. Match funding is available to all members of the CareTech plc family. Mark’s JustGiving page is still open and he would welcome any further donations to this fantastic cause.
The Foundation is delighted to have supported the Alzheimer’s Society at the 2019 Care Sector Fundraising Ball.
Pen Y Fan, the challenge’s dramatic peak
Mark and Catherine at the finish line