A Biggleswade woman is in training for an eight-day trek of the Grand Canyon, in a bid to raise £4,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Rosie Eames, aged 34, joined the expedition, which takes place in March, after her father was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
She said: “He is only 64 years old and does not know any of us any more. It is heartbreaking to see him now.
“This disease is unforgiving and cruel. More must be done to find a cure.
“As my friends will know, this kind of challenge scares the hell out of me, so please help give me the courage to do this for my dad and every other sufferer and family member. I am also doing this in memory of my grandad, George, who passed away at Christmas. He suffered with vascular dementia. “
Rosie is training three times a week at Biggleswade Boot Camp, and plans to increase this to four times a week nearer the event.
To help meet her £4,000 target, Rosie, who has been a member of the East Beds Concert Band for over 20 years, is planning a band night at the Red Lion on December 11 and a classical concert in the new year. See www.justgiving.com/Rosemary-Eames/