The LIMA team are a charitable bunch and we’re using our blog and social media channels to tell you about all of our latest activities, either completed by Team LIMA or externally with LIMA’s full support.
This week, our guest blogger is LIMA’s Head of Bid Management, Carl Lewis, who’s undertaking the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on the 7th October 2017.
Here’s his story…
“I’m completing the Memory Walk in honour of my father-in-law, Ronnie, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015. Ronnie was a strong, intelligent family man who, along with his wife Hazel, put his children Kelly and Kim (my wife) first in everything he did. I’ll be walking with Kim and our daughters, Rhian and Maisy, but unfortunately minus Ronnie’s wife Hazel, who sadly passed away from a sudden illness shortly after we signed up for the walk in April of this year.
“The Memory Walk is also a personal challenge for me as I was diagnosed with a degenerative muscle wasting disease called Hereditary Motor Sensory Neuropathy in 2003. The disease has meant I’ve lost the feeling in both of my feet – my right foot needed to have all of the tendons replaced with titanium screws and is now held in shape by two further bridging plates along with seven larger screws. My Achilles tendon is split in two in order to allow my foot to position straight, which means I no longer have a right calf muscle. My left foot is currently in atrophy and broken in two places too.
“With this in mind, I’m hoping that the terrain will be quite flat as the amount of distance I can travel has rapidly diminished. My best chance of completion is dry tarmac, and if there are any cobblestones, forget it! Suffice to say, I’m training to build up to the day.”
Around 225,000 people develop dementia every year – the equivalent of one person every three minutes. This September and October, Memory Walks will be taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Carl’s Just Giving page can found here. So, please dig deep and support Carl in his walk towards a world without dementia.