Sunderland care home staff step out for charity

Rebekah Hunt from St Cuthbert's care home.
Rebekah Hunt from St Cuthbert's care home.
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Two staff from a Sunderland care home have completed a sponsored walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Jan Gray and Rebeka Hunt, from St Cuthbert’s care home in Riga Square, Red House, took part in the Memory Walk and walked for five miles around Chester-le-Street park in County Durham.

Through the support of colleagues, family and friends, they raised more than £600 for the charity.

St Cuthbert’s care home provides care and support to people living with dementia, and provides residential and nursing care for older people with mental health problems, such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

The pair were motivated by a passion to raise awareness of the disease – Jan’s mother is a resident at the care home.

The annual Memory Walk sees thousands of people take part in sponsored walks throughout September and October to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society, and raise awareness of dementia.

Recent research by the Alzheimer’s Society has shown that one in three babies born in 2015 will develop dementia, and that by 2025 there will be one million people in the UK living with dementia.

Rebeka, administrator at St Cuthbert’s, said: “We were really excited to be Memory Walkers this year in aid of such a good cause.

“The Alzheimer’s Society does invaluable work to champion research into the causes of dementia.

“At St Cuthbert’s we see first-hand the impact that living with dementia has on both the people we support and their loved ones, and we are motivated every day to deliver to highest quality care and support to meet their personal needs.”