Grand Canyon trek to join the fight against dementia

Rachel Ward from Alfold, near Cranleigh, will join the fight against dementia in March 2016, as she dons her walking boots to trek the magnificent Grand Canyon.

Rachel, 50, her brother Alastair, 47, and sister Harriet, 53, hope to raise over £23,000 for Alzheimer’s Society by taking part in the five day trek starting onMarch 8.

This trek inside one of the most famous Canyons in the world, also passes some spectacular landscapes, breath-taking waterfalls, pools of turquoise blue and learning from our hosts the Native American Reservation.

This tough challenge will help the UK’s leading dementia charity continue its vital work to support the 800,000 people currently living with the condition.

Rachel said: “I decided to take part in this challenge for Alzheimer’s Society because our mother has Alzheimer’s and we know how devasting this can be for the person diagnosed and for the loved ones around them.

“It’s great to know that every mile I trek will help support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow. I’ve been preparing for this for 12 weeks and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted that Rachel is giving her time to support Alzheimer’s Society. One in three people over 65 will develop dementia.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Rachel to help us continue our vital work. Please back Rachel, Alastair and Harriet and in their fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”

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Alzheimer’s Society has a fantastic range of events both in the UK and abroad. To find out more, please visit or call 0870 417 0192.

Report contributed by Alzheimer’s Society,