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We’re climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for the Alzhemier’s Society

23 May 2022

Local News

Written byAndrew Richardson

We’re climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for the Alzhemier’s Society

Radfield Home Care Newcastle upon Tyne Director Andrew Richardson will be climbing to the top of Ben Nevis on July the 9th 2022 to raise money to support the Alzheimer’s Society. Now more than ever people living with dementia need our support.

Andrew explains:

“Dementia can affect anybody, 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia and over 200,000 people in the U.K will develop dementia every year, that’s one every three minutes. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia. We support several Clients with Dementia which is why so important to help the Alzheimer’s society to continue to support people living with Alzheimer’s”

The Cause

The Alzheimer’s Society is a charity providing a vital source of support and a powerful force for change for everyone affected by dementia. They ensure that people living with dementia today have the support they deserve, that their rights are protected and enhanced by campaigning, and that they can look to a brighter future thanks to investment in research.

The Challenge

Ben Nevis (Gaelic translation ‘Mountain of Heaven’) itself is the highest point in Scotland and the British Isles, standing at the lofty height of 1343m (roughly 4000ft). Fort William, on the southern edge of the Great Glen and located on a sea loch, is the nearest town. Reaching the summit of Ben Nevis involves a long, arduous uphill trek.

The Ascent takes around 7 hours and the descent takes around 4 hours, so we are packing plenty of snacks. The starting point is Fort William, the gateway to Ben Nevis. The route kicks off quite steeply and climbs steadily to the picturesque Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. Next, we tackle the famous ‘zig-zags’ – a well-maintained section that criss-crosses its way gradually up the otherwise-steep gradient. The surroundings are by now stony and barren. Crossing the rocky boulder field will reach the summit. The summit is notorious for its cloud cover and it can be chilly at the top – the summit is on average 9ºC colder than the base.

If you would like to sponsor

Every little helps and each penny donated will go toward a truly great cause. If you’d like to donate to the cause, please head over to our Just Giving page.

If you would like to find out more about Radfield Home Care and the home care support services offered, please visit our services page, or contact us for more information.

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Andrew Richardson

Andrew Richardson

Director & Owner

With a wealth of know-how in business operations, Andrew ensures the office runs smoothly and provides high-quality care.

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