*******Newsflash ****** Breaking News!!!!

So back in March I started my fundraising page with the aim of doing a Tandem Paraglide over Derwentwater in Keswick in April, raising money to keep my support group, Minds and Voices, going……then the world stopped going round…..

Well on Sunday someone donated £50 anonymously on my site which reminded me it existed!🙄…..so to them, a HUGE thank you.

Obviously Covid is going to be with us for the foreseeable future and I’m very conscious that some people have already donated and I havn’t done anything 🙈…so that got me thinking…what can I do that doesn’t involve me being strapped to comeone else…..?

Well…….and this might not sound a challenge to many, but to me it’s enormous

On Monday I’m going to try and walk the 10 miles around Derwentwater…🙈…

I realise this is short notice, but me and Sarah are going to Keswick on Sunday and the idea came to me when I was racking my brain to think if I could do anything while we were there……and who knows what new rules will come in over the next few months…

I’m excited yet also worried about failing, but I’ll have Sarah with me and she can make sure I have breaks regularly. In my previous life I would have walked round the lake in the morning and done 2 more fells in the afternoon, sadly not now so it will be very hard…

I trundle everyday round the village, but the most I go is a couple of miles since an incident that threw my confidence in turmoil, so you can see it really is a challenge for me….

Minds and Voices has been my saviour since early diagnosis and during this lockdown we’ve been meeting on line weekly. It means so much to so many, but our funds are low so that’s why I’m trying to raise as much as I can…….

I’ll take photos at special points along the way to prove I’ve done it, and, of course write a blog….. so now it’s over to you.

I know this isn’t a good time to ask people for money but even £1 will be gratefully accepted and soon mount up…

So please sponsor me if you’re able for this very special group which means so much to all of us…..thank you🙏


P.s I just hope I’ve updated my page and given you the right link as it took me ages to work out what to do 🙈



About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

10 thoughts on “*******Newsflash ****** Breaking News!!!!

  1. Your link is correct; it works.
    I can understand how tough the walk will be for you. Take it in your stride.
    It would have been a ‘piece of Kendal Mint cake’ for my hubby at one time, but not now. If we borrow a friend’s dog we can still, just, circumnavigate the lake at Clumber Park.
    Our memory group is also self-funding since the Alzheimer’s Society withdrew. We’ve had some lovely donations to keep us going, along with the help of our fantastic volunteers. We’re on pause just now and the planned October restart now seems unlikely.

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  2. I wish you all the very best as you take on this new challenge. I had planned to go around Derwentwater on an all terrain scooter to raise funds for my MS Centre back in May. Instead I had my head shaved – not as much fun, but it did raise a lot! Enjoy being in your favourite place.

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