Conservative Sevenoaks District Council helping to raise funds and awareness of dementia

Keep on running for dementia
 

The Conservative led District Council have organised a fundraising running event called ‘Run, Walk or Push against Dementia’ in Knole Park on 14 May 2017. Sevenoaks District Conservatives, have championed awareness of dementia locally. Why not join us, when it is hoped to raise at least £5,000 to help the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Forum raise money to support people living with dementia. The Forum will use the money to run more dementia workshops, offering people help and advice about dementia and its affects, and how to look after the health and well-being of both those living with dementia and their family, friends and carers. 

"As we live longer more and more of us are living with dementia," explained Cllr Michelle Lowe, Cabinet member for Housing & Health at SDC. "There are currently nearly a million people living with dementia in the UK with this number set to more than double by 2051. As a country we currently spend less on dementia then we do on cancer, cardiovascular disease and strokes even though dementia affects more people in later life then those other conditions.

"We are organising this run, to help keep us all fit and healthy in the beautiful Knole Park, while raising money to help create more dementia-friendly towns and villages across the district so that people living with dementia can live independently for as long as possible."

The running event will offer three distances 3k, 5k and 10k timed runs. There is a run suitable for everyone including a challenging course for keen runners.  If you want to support this worthy cause you can register online by visiting the Sevenoaks District Council website or you can request a form by emailing the council on communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk or by calling 01732 22700 quoting ‘Dementia Run’.

Michelle is pictured  in training alongside Sevenoaks Conservative Association Chairman Graham Clack and member Pauletter Furse.