A RESIDENT at Burley Hall Bupa Care Home has completed her goal of walking 30 miles to raise awareness and money for dementia.

Susan, 79, completed the challenge in just over one month and raised £912 for Dementia UK. She was cheered on as she completed her final mile in the home’s gardens.

Julia, Susan’s daughter, said: “We were delighted when, supported by Burley Hall, Mum took on this challenge. She has always enjoyed walking and being outside and has clearly benefitted enormously from her daily outings. It was also nice for us to be able to sponsor her (for a change!) and to support Dementia UK as such a worthy cause.”

‘Walk 30 miles for Dementia in September’ was a fundraising activity set up by the charity, Dementia UK, to ensure people living with dementia receive compassionate, expert care and support that is right for them to live positive and fulfilling lives. Since taking on the walking challenge, Susan has inspired residents and others around her to get outside more and increase their daily exercise.

Julie Robinson, Home Manager at Bupa’s Burley Hall, in Burley-in-Wharfedale, said: “Susan is a true example of living well with dementia. Since taking her first step on 1st September, Susan has been incredibly driven to reach her goal of walking 30 miles and raise money for Dementia UK – all of us at Burley Hall are incredibly proud of her. The fact Susan has not only raised an incredible amount of money for a cause close to her heart but also inspired her fellow residents to be more active, just shows what an amazing lady she is.”

Joan Elliott, General Manager of Bupa Care Services, added: “Susan’s challenge really struck a chord with me. She’s such an inspiration and the team at Burley Hall supported her brilliantly. I’m delighted to see how much she has raised – it really is a phenomenal achievement! Very well done.”

There is still time to donate to support Susan and Dementia UK by visiting www.facebook.com/BupaCareHomeBurleyHall.