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UHMBT nurses trek the Great Wall of China

Thorne family[I]n October 2017, a family of nurses working at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) will trek the Great Wall of China in a bid to raise £13,000 for a charity very close to their hearts.

Sisters Maggie Thorne and Anne Craig both Rheumatology Nurse Specialists; niece Lucy Raistrick , Theatre Nurse; are all trekking the Great Wall of China long with Maggie’s brother Michael Thorne who works in Isle of Man as Manager of unit for Alzheimers/Dementia to help raise awareness and funds for  Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Maggie Thorne, Rheumatology Specialist Nurse, UHMBT said: “We are really looking forward to trekking the Great Wall of China as a family. Dementia is one of the most heart-breaking illnesses – it affects everybody involved and to date, no cure has been found. We have medication that can slow down the progression of the illness, but it doesn’t stop it.

“Our wonderful aunty sadly recently passed away as a result of Alzheimer’s. She was a fantastic mother, grandmother, sister and aunty; she loved to spend time with her family and was loved by all. As time went by, she was unaware of how many lives she had touched with her warmth and kindness. Her memory and thinking skills were slowly destroyed, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest of tasks disappeared.

“We all have our own stories, and in some way, most of us will know someone who has been affected by this disease and the devastating effects this can have on everyone involved. By trekking the Great Wall of China and raising awareness, we hope to contribute in a small way towards the much needed research to aid the global fight for a world without Alzheimer’s.”

In order to raise £13,000, the family have already hosted a variety of events including; cake sales, darts and dominos nights, raffles, book sales and sponsorship from friends and family.

Upcoming activities include; holding a quiz night at the George Hotel in Lancaster on 15 April 2017. Plans are also being put together for a charity afternoon tea and more social evenings, so keep your eyes open for more details of how you can be involved. The family will be very grateful for any donation no matter how small and wish to extend their sincere thanks to everyone.

To read more about family’s story, and to sponsor them for their trek, please visit Just Giving at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheThornes

For more information on Alzheimer’s please visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20007/types_of_dementia/2/alzheimers_disease

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