Kathleen has a very personal connection to the charity. Her mother-in-law Joan and her mother Mary were both diagnosed with dementia, and they found solace and support in the Dementia Care Group. Run by volunteers, the charity offers a lifeline for families navigating the challenges of dementia, from advice to day care.
“When my mother-in-law was first diagnosed with dementia, we felt helpless and lost. As a family, we were so grateful to find this wonderful group of volunteers we could trust to spend time with Joan and through working with them we were a bit more prepared for what was to come when mum was diagnosed.
Unfortunately, my mother-in-law is now in a nursing home, however, my mum still goes out with them every Saturday.
They come to collect her at the house in their minibus and they go for day trips to places like Largs for fish and chips. Mum loves their company and wants it to be Saturday every day! We don’t know where we’d have been without them”.
It’s been 9 years since Kathleen ran a 10km, and now at age 57, she’s working with her local gym to make sure she’s fit and ready to cross the finish line in whatever time it takes. Her son Kieran will also be running the half marathon on the day. Run by amazing and patient volunteers, Kathleen wants to raise as much money as she can for the charity so that other families touched by dementia can also benefit from their crucial service.
The AJ Bell Great Scottish Run is an incredible weekend of running that includes a 10k & half marathon on Sunday and Junior & Mini event on Saturday.