Susie Hewer

Susie Hewer

My 2020-21 Challenges to Defeat Dementia


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Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I'm still fundraising for Alzheimer's Research UK, the UK's leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Like me, Alzheimer's Research UK believes that medical research can and will deliver life-changing preventions, treatments and one day, a cure for dementia and ARUK exists to make this happen and that's why I'm fundraising and why I really hope you'll sponsor me. Together we'll make life-changing breakthroughs possible.[/p][p]For anyone without experience of dementia and the horrors that it brings, please read mum's story below and you'll see why I think it's so important to raise awareness about the disease and I continue to raise money for vital research - so far I have raised over £56,000+ for ARUK and completed 185 marathons at the time of writing.[/p][p]My ultimate goal for 2020 was to reach my 200th marathon but sadly Covid completely destroyed all our plans, and although I managed to sneak in 5 marathons before we started shielding and went into lockdown at the end of March, I wasn't been able to take part in any official marathon events until July 2021 bringing my total up to 189. So my new goal is to complete the remaining 11 marathons during August & September with October as a contingency (in case of injury/cancellations etc).[/p][p]During the 15 months of shielding I kept my fitness level up by taking part in the many so-called 'virtual' events and found that my mileage for 12 months was 3,126 which is my highest ever annual mileage so there's still life in this old bird (now 64)!!![/p][p]Thank you all for your continued support.[/p][p][b]190 completed[/b] @ Jeskyns country park, marathon 7/08[/p][p][b]191 completed[/b] @ Downland Challenge, 28 mile ultra-marathon 14/08[/p][p][b]192 completed[/b] @ Cyclopark, Gravesend, marathon 21/08[/p][p][b]193 completed[/b] @ Cyclopark, Gravesend, marathon 24/08[/p][p][b]194 completed[/b] @ Cyclopark, Gravesend, marathon 26/08[/p][p][b]195 completed @[/b] Cyclopark, Gravesend, marathon 29/08[/p][p][b]196[/b] [b]completed[/b] @ Cyclopark, Gravesend, marathon 01/09[/p][p][b]197 completed [/b]@ Bates Green Gallop, 28 mile ultra-marathon 05/09[/p][p][b]198 completed [/b] @ Bewl Water, marathon 12/09[/p][p]199 @ Zombie Run, Samphire Hoe, marathon 25/09[/p][p]200 @ Tolkien Challenge, Samphire Hoe, marathon 26/09[/p][p][b]Mum's story:[/b][/p][p]At the centre of all this is of course my mum who you can see in a photo below taken on a visit to Wisley gardens when she was in the very early stages of dementia.[/p][p]In 1997 my mother, then aged 81, had a series of minor strokes. Shortly after that we started to notice behavioural changes notably memory loss and confusion over everyday items. We thought it was just old age finally catching up with her. Then she started wandering and had violent mood swings. Although she already lived with us it became obvious that she couldn't be left alone for long and so I left my job to care for her.[/p][p]The next few years saw a gradual decline into the blackness that is 'vascular dementia'. My normally placid mum became violent and aggressive. She had psychotic incidents where she would see imaginary people (children hiding in her wardrobe, Russians sitting on the stairs, women stealing her clothes) and she would shout at them and sometimes throw things too. She was so convincing that we used to go and check that there wasn't anyone there! When my sister died several years ago mum did not know who Judy was or that she was her daughter. The moment that I finally realised she no longer knew that I was her daughter was a terrible time for me.In the last 2 years that she lived with us, life for us all became almost unbearable as she needed 24 hour care - she couldn't be left alone at all because she would either wander off or hurt herself, she never slept for more than 30 minutes at a time during the night, she became incontinent and incapable of doing anything for herself. Finally my husband and I realised that we could no longer provide her with the care that she needed and she went to live in a special Care Home where Harry and his team did a splendid job caring for her in the final months of her life.There she lived a zombified existence unaware of who she was, what she was or where she was. It was heartbreaking. She died in 2005, the day after her 89th birthday. I ran my first London marathon in her memory 2 weeks later.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations. [/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read my page. Please donate to this fantastic cause! I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

14 Jun 2020


Sep 15, 2021

Daphne x

Thank you for being bonkers and doing what you do!


Sep 6, 2021

Viv Hill

Good luck Sweetie - you're such an inspiration to us all. xxx


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 1, 2021

Maxine and Ross

Here's to the 200th! Go Susie xx


plus £5.24 Gift Aid

Aug 31, 2021

Carroll Siu

I admire your resilience and determination, Well done, Susie!


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 30, 2021


Aug 30, 2021

Sarah Bond

A magnificent achievement for a very worthy cause.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 21, 2021

David and Suzy

You are an inspiration!


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2021

Stewart Cecilia

Wishing you love and strength to your poor quads for your upcoming marathons. You are a star.


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 18, 2021


Good luck Susie! Great cause x


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 18, 2021


Always a pleasure to help you and a great charity on behalf of your mum And you . Two beautiful ladies . Well done on all you achieve xxxx


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

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