Walking 850,000 steps in memory of mum

Charlotte Ambler, Diary Manager of Wm. Dodgson & Son Funeral Services in Harehills, walked 850,000 steps around Leeds to help fight Alzheimer’s at a time when traditional fundraising activities haven’t been possible.

Charlotte had previously organised cupcake sales and community walks to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society using a MuchLoved online tribute page in memory of her mother, who passed away due to the disease in 2018.

She realised charities were struggling with funding as the coronavirus pandemic continued into 2021, so she got in touch with Alzheimer’s Society to explore what she could do during these unprecedented times.

Friends, family and others from the Harehills community sponsored Charlotte’s three month-long walk through her mother’s MuchLoved page, bringing its total amount raised to £1,703.

Limitations such as the pandemic and even bad weather left Charlotte undeterred in her mission, who stayed motivated by setting her own personal goals.

She explained: “When I began this challenge over three months ago there wasn’t much to do except walk and stay fit. Now, having finished, I feel overwhelmed by the support, as well as healthier.

“I am always determined to raise money that goes into research and raising awareness around dementia, no matter the limitations. My hope is that one day we can be rid of the disease, and until then, make life easier for people like my mum.”

Julie Lee, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are thrilled that Charlotte supported Alzheimer’s Society during lockdown by walking 850,000 steps by signing up to Step up for Dementia and are really grateful for the amazing amount raised.

“We rely heavily on fundraisers taking up such events as Step up for Dementia to enable us to support people living with dementia, campaign on their behalf and fund research.

“Coronavirus has shattered the lives of so many people with the condition. They have been the worst hit by the pandemic and need our support now more than ever. People like Charlotte are helping to make that possible.”

Charlotte now plans to arrange a live music event with her husband, who plays in a band, to raise more funds for the Alzheimer’s Society as lockdown restrictions ease.

To make a donation to Charlotte’s MuchLoved page visit: www.dorothy-kershaw.muchloved.com

To learn more about Alzheimer’s Society, visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk/