E.ON employee puts his energy into running the London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society
I was looking for a new challenge after I ran the Lincoln Half Marathon, and felt the time was right to step up to the full 26 miles. I’m lucky that I’ve been able to concentrate on my training while my supporters have been helping with the fundraising. One of my colleagues managed to raise £800 towards my total with a sponsored silence which was a real boost.
Will Stimpson is clocking up his final miles on the roads around his home in Bassingham as he prepares to run his first marathon later this month in London. The 36-year old has also set himself the challenge of raising £2,500 to fund Dementia Support Workers managed by the charity Alzheimer’s Society.
Will completed the Lincoln Half Marathon last year, having only taken up running seriously in 2015. He is hoping to cross the finish line in London in around four hours, after fitting his training around his job as a Quantity Surveyor for energy company E.ON, which sees him working on projects to improve the energy efficiency of people’s homes.
Alzheimer’s Society has been E.ON’s official charity partner since the summer of 2016, and the overall aim is to raise and donate £200,000 by the middle of next year. All of the money raised and donated by the company and its employees is used to fund community-based Dementia Support Workers.
Will said: “I was looking for a new challenge after I ran the Lincoln Half Marathon, and felt the time was right to step up to the full 26 miles. The London Marathon is such a special event, with so many people coming together to take part, that I was delighted to get a place.
“I’m lucky that I’ve been able to concentrate on my training while my supporters have been helping with the fundraising. One of my colleagues managed to raise £800 towards my total with a sponsored silence which was a real boost.”
Danielle Hindle, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We’re really grateful for Will’s fundraising. Being diagnosed with dementia can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. Our Dementia Support Workers can help by working directly with people in this situation and their carers to maintain their independence, improve their sense of well-being and provide healthy lifestyle advice.
For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity
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