Friends attempt 3 Peaks challenge for Alzheimer’s research

Words and photo by Dave Barry

Two friends are raising money for Alzheimer’s research by attempting the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge.

Keri Doody and Jennifer Taylor, who work at Wilkinson’s in Scarborough, are training to climb Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent from 13-15 July.

The distance is only 20 miles but it’s up and down steep slopes so is hardly a piece of cake.

Alzheimer’s research is important to them both. Jennifer recently lost her grandad to dementia and Keri’s dad has Alzheimer's and vascular dementia.

“We want to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s”, says Keri. “This disease is sadly on the increase, with no known cure.

“Ironically, the Alzheimer’s Society is a charity that is so often forgotten”.

It will be Jennifer’s first charity challenge but Keri’s third, for the same cause. She did a midnight trek up Ben Nevis with her brother three years ago and trekked the Great Wall of China in October last year. Towards the end of the year, she will be doing the Inca trails at Macchu Pichu in Peru.

Other fundraising activities have included a three-night event at the Stumble Inn pub, with sponsored head shaves, at Easter; a car boot sale at Lebberston on 13 May; and a cake sale at Scarborough fire station on 21 and 23 May, during national dementia week.

They will have a collection at Morrisons supermarket on 12 August.

Keri and Jennifer are quick to emphasise that none of the money they raise is spent on expenses. “We pay the registration fees and travel costs and buy our own equipment, such as walking boots”, Keri explains.

They have set a target of £10,000 and are determined to reach it.

“Any help or support with donations, raffle prizes or other support would be very much appreciated and all the money will go to the Alzheimer's Society”, she says.

* In 2019, the society will merge with Alzheimer’s Research UK to become the London marathon’s charity of the year.