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Saffron Barker and Ross Scrivener

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thank you for taking the time to visit our fundraising page.[/p][p]On April 28 next year, I will be undertaking one of the biggest challenges in my 18 years on this planet – I’ll be running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon for the Dementia Revolution! Eek![/p][p]Not many people will be aware of this, but dementia is something that’s had a real impact on my family. When I was 11 years old, my great grandad – Ted – died with Alzheimer’s disease. As I was only young when he passed away, my memories of him are vague. But it really affected my dad, as he spent a lot of time with his grandad, who was always very fit and healthy. My dad told me that great-grandad deteriorated very quickly and eventually didn’t recognise anyone in the family. I was lucky as my last memories of him were while he was still well.[/p][p]My dad said he would always seem scared and it was heart-breaking for him. He also told me that, towards the end, it was like watching someone you love slowly dying in front of your eyes and not being able to do something to help. But as a family, it really helped talking to each other and remembering the good times.[/p][p]I’m so proud and excited to be running the London Marathon in honour of great grandad. I’m not a natural runner by any stretch of the imagination, so it’s going to be a huge challenge for me. Thankfully my fab personal trainer Ross Scrivener will be running it with me and will be training me in the lead-up to the big day. I simply wouldn’t be able to do it without him! This is our joint fundraising page, so please do give as much or as little as you can spare – no amount is too small![/p][p]Knowing the money that we raise will go towards dementia research, gives that little bit more hope to everyone who has been affected by this terrible condition. Many of you will have your own experiences of dementia, so I’ll be running for all of you, too. I don’t want other families to go through the same heartbreak as mine did, and that’s why I decided to run for the Dementia Revolution.[/p][p]The Dementia Revolution (www.dementiarevolution.org) is Virgin Money London Marathon’s Charity of the Year for 2019. It’s a campaign between one of my chosen charities – Alzheimer’s Research UK – and Alzheimer’s Society. Together, they will be raising funds for research into this horrific condition.[/p][p]With your support, we will make a difference to the 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today. So please, please do give what you can.[/p][p]Thank you, Saffron & Ross x[/p]

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Hope the marathon goes well!




Good Luck Runnning for a cause close to my heart




£2.00 plus £0.50 Gift Aid


Olivia Wakefield






Bell frend

I don’t have much but I hope that can do something. My granny died from Alzheimer’s about a year go and is such a horrible disease I hope one day there will be a cure. xx




So so proud of you Saff, you are gonna smash this! Such a kind and caring human!



Nick Butler

Good luck with the marathon. You'll no doubt smash it

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



Go Skipper Go!! Rather you than me! Impressive both of you. Good luck! The Gibbs x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid