Gillian Mills will be running 50 miles throughout November for Dementia UK after the loss of her father and auntie who suffered from the syndrome.
The mum of two from Fulwood took on the running challenge to raise money for the charity which provides specialist dementia support for families.
Dementia UK has an Admiral Nurse service which works with people with dementia and their families to support them and offer guidance.
Dementia has had a big impact on Gillian’s life as her father and auntie both suffered from it:
“Sadly I have lost two close family members to dementia, my father and auntie. Seeing them change and suffer both mentally and physically was a gruelling experience which if by raising money for Dementia U.K, I can help others facing the same.”
Gillian explains the toll dementia took on her family members and how much it changed her father:
“Initially, it was forgetfulness and changes in behaviour /personalities but as the disease progressed incontinence, inability to communicate, lack of recognition, unable to eat solids and in the end bedridden.
“My father was a fun and loving person, he was active, played bowls, rode his bike, gardened, played cards, travelled and spent time with mum and his family, three children and nine grandchildren.”
She has started out with 7K runs to make sure she hits the 50 mile target by the end of the month is using the Longton area to get those miles in:
“I have ran before but gave up due to a foot injury, this year I started doing some 5ks when the gym was shut due to Covid, I am a little apprehensive as I’m going to need to increase the distance in order to get the 50 miles in, first two runs have been 7k so I’m pleased with that.
“I was going to do a mixture of running around Longton / new Longton and on the treadmill at the gym if the weather was bad but now it will be all outside.”
Gillian has already absolutely smashed her fundraising target of £150, at the time of writing, she has raised £628 on her Facebook fundraising page.
You can help her raise as much as possible by donating here.