Karen Hedger & family run Mersea Island all-terrain half marathon to raise money for Dementia UK

So, this week’s Bright weekly update is the opportunity to share the great news that Karen Hedger, along with her family, #teamhedger completed the Mersea 1/2 marathon on Sunday 24th June. The course was all terrain and included beach running, coastal paths and cross-country field running, so definitely a challenge – especially in the 25 degree midday sunshine!

Karen said “We benefited from lots of support on the day and of course through sponsorship, which in the tough times definitely kept us all going. I was also lucky enough to gain some coverage through BBC Radio Essex Morning Show on Saturday, speaking with Ray Clark about our fundraising efforts for Dementia UK, specifically to be able to appoint an Admiral Nurse for the Essex region”. Click the link for interview, Karen’s feature is 20 minutes into the show https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p068q9np

As a result of this interview Karen received a significant donation of £1000 from a local person, Michael. “I had the opportunity to speak with Michael directly to thank him for this very kind donation and learnt that much like my dad had, he was currently caring for his wife who was diagnosed with Dementia in 2011, so our story had struck a chord”. Michael’s donation was overwhelming and inspiring, and we have all been blown away by his generosity. Thanks to Michael Karen & her family doubled their target for fundraising hitting an amazing £3000.

During the run, family and supporters were also given money by other spectators and throughout the run they received so much support for the charity and the work they do. It really showed how many people this illness touches and the work that needs to be done to both support people and to find a cure.

Karen added “I would once again like to thank everyone who has sponsored the team of 8, and do a quick name check (which in the radio coverage she completely omitted to mention) Paul Hedger, Will Hedger, James Hedger, Robert Hedger, Rebecca Hedger, Darren Lockley and Kris Petrovic, “you were all amazing and Mum would be so proud”.

If you feel that you would like to add to the fund to support an Essex Admiral Nurse please just click the link, we need £50,000 for one admiral nurse so every contribution counts https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/karen-hedger5

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