Rona Kelly, Alzheimer’s - Thames Path Challenge

After losing my Mum earlier this year after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for many years and feeling utterly helpless and unable to stop this awful disease I decided that I needed to do something.

I wanted to mark her passing by undertaking a challenge that would benefit the medical research in to Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a multitude of symptoms that brings about a gradual decline of mental and physical health eventually leaving the sufferer unable to do the most basic of things for themselves. Research has shown that in the future at least one in three people over the age of 70 will suffer some form of this disease, as we start to live longer this means that many of us will experience some level and all of us will be affected in some way.

We do know that a healthy lifestyle and continued exercise throughout our lives will help to ward off the symptoms, although much more work is needed to bring the medical profession up the levels of knowledge that cancer specialists are able to share.

With this in mind I decided to take on the Thames Path Challenge, a 100km walk/run from Putney Bridge to Henley on Thames. It is a well-worn path but a long way! I wanted to take on a proper challenge that would push me to the limits of my physical abilities and give me some memories to cherish in the future. The event starts at 8.30 on 12th September and I aim to finish within 20hrs I will be accompanied by my good friend Lou who is just starting out on this scary journey with a relative who has recently been diagnosed.

Support from AR is very much appreciated, please follow the link to my Just Giving page to donate.

Many thanks,


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