Preston North End Community and Education Trust Community Inclusion Officer Alistair White will be taking on a 24km in 24 hours challenge on World Alzheimer’s Day in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.
World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on Monday 21st September, also forming part of the wider World Alzheimer’s Month.
Alistair, Community Inclusion Officer for the Trust, oversees the Sporting Memories programme at PNECET, which caters for those living with dementia, depression and loneliness. All provision has continued running via online Zoom meetings over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Alistair is taking on the challenge which will see him run or walk six legs of a 4km distance, taking place at four-hour intervals from midnight on Monday 21st September until 8pm that evening.
The challenge will raise vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, the UK’s leading dementia charity, which is conducting continuous research to seek a cure for dementia.
Alistair is also a registered Dementia Friend, which is an Alzheimer’s Society programme to increase awareness about dementia and change people’s perceptions of the condition, with the Dementia Friends programme being the key theme of this year’s World Alzheimer’s Day.
Speaking of his incentives to complete the challenge, Alistair said: “As a Dementia Friend myself and working on the Sporting Memories programme at PNECET, I wanted to do something to help raise funds for the great work done by the Alzheimer’s Society.
“Alzheimer’s affects so many people across the world, not only those who have the condition, but the friends and family members who care for their relatives as well.
“By completing 24km in 24 hours, one kilometre for every hour of the day, we at Preston North End want to show our commitment to those who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia by completing this challenge to mark World Alzheimer’s Day.
“I will complete some of the runs at home and some at Deepdale, which will be a great motivation for me to keep motivated throughout the day, and hopefully that can lead to further donations to help us support the great work of the Alzheimer’s Society.”
Join the Sporting Memories online session or any of the other online meetings offered by PNECET as part of our Tackling Loneliness programme, by filling in our online form or contacting Alistair on Alistair.White@pne.com.