Join our challenge to run or walk 100km in aid of Dementia UK Join our challenge to run or walk 100km in aid of Dementia UK

Join our challenge to run or walk 100km in aid of Dementia UK

#AThoughtForDementia|10 min read| Published in Campaigns on 1 December 2021 by Kevin Scrupps

It’s time to dust off your running shoes, charge your smartwatch, and be part of an amazing team that will raise a lot of money for Dementia UK. The end of 2021 is in sight and, like last year, we will be running or walking 100 kilometres to raise money for a very worthwhile charity – this year we are doing it for Dementia UK

Want to join the challenge? Sign up here

Pygott & Crone Estate Agents in association with our friends at Moneypenny are launching A Thought for Dementia – a challenge to run or walk 100 kilometres in the 37 days between Boxing Day and the end of January. And now we’re asking you to join the challenge – no matter where you are in the world, no matter what your ability – it is open to everyone who would like to take part.

Please join our team, or consider sponsoring someone who is taking part – we have 123 people on the team so far. When we organised a similar challenge last year we saw over 250 people of all ages and abilities take part – it was fantastic to see and very humbling to hear about some of the stories of people taking part. Together we raised a lot of money and got a lot of happiness, fulfilment, and satisfaction in return.

We’re sure that we can convince even more people to take part this time! This is your chance to be part of something special, the perfect opportunity to offset your Christmas dinner by getting out in the fresh air, do something positive and healthy, and make a real difference.

All the information about the challenge can be found on this page, and donations are being taken through our JustGiving page.

If that has not convinced you to join the challenge, then please do read on. Thank you.

Dementia UK

Our chosen charity this year is Dementia UK, who provide specialist dementia support for families – through their Admiral Nurse service. When things get challenging for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them. They give the compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions people need.

Dementia is an umbrella term that describes a range of conditions that affect the brain. Dementia damages the nerve cells in the brain, so that messages can’t be sent to and from the brain effectively. Dementia is not only about memory loss. It can also affect the way you speak, think, feel and behave.

There are many different types of dementia; some which you may have heard of include vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia with lewy bodies – but there are many more. Some people may have a combination of different types, known as mixed dementia. Regardless of the type, and the part of the brain affected, each person will experience dementia in their own unique way.

If you are wondering why they are called Admiral Nurses, they were named in memory of Joseph Levy CBE BEM, who had dementia, and whose family founded Dementia UK. He was known as “Admiral Joe” to his friends due to his love of sailing, and he worked for many charitable causes throughout his life, having initially trained as an estate agent in the 1930s.

The challenge

Every individual who takes part, either on their own or as part of a team, is being asked to complete 100 kilometres either by running, walking or a combination of the two – in the period between Boxing Day and the end of January. If you would like to complete this distance another way – by cycling or rowing for example – get in touch and let us know.

If you are wondering exactly how far this is, it’s a little over twelve and a half miles per week. And you’ve got over 5 full weeks to do it in. Easy. It’s more fun if you do a series of longer runs or walks though, and it allows you to take rest days in between.

We want to raise a lot of money for Dementia UK and we need your help, either as a participant or by sponsoring someone who is taking part. Thank you.

How to join the challenge

Follow these instructions to join our JustGiving page (which is below); once you’re on the team, we’ll add your name to this web page as well – please email us to make sure we don’t miss you.

Our JustGiving team page is here

Last time we found that using the Strava fitness tracker was extremely encouraging and motivating for many team members, so we have set up a group on there too – and Strava has the obvious advantage of being able to track your distance too.

A summary for those who like lists:

  1. Decide whether you are taking part (answer: Yes).
  2. Sign up for JustGiving following the attached instructions.
  3. Let us know that you have joined the challenge, by emailing with your name, just so that we can add you to the list – if you are representing a company, let us know the name of that too.
  4. If you want to join us on Strava, install the Strava app on your smartphone/link it to your smartwatch, and then let us know, and we’ll invite you to the Strava group challenge (you will need to follow one of us in order to be invited…we’ll email you back the details)
  5. Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #athoughtfordementia – and share any photos you take along the way!
  6. Customise your social media if you like, check out the downloads below

Downloads for participants

100 kilometres…37 days…and only 1 question: are you in? These people are!

If you would like your photo to be added to the collection above, please do email an official portrait to!

More fantastic people who are doing the challenge

If you would like to sponsor someone, simply click on their name or donation link which will take you directly to their individual JustGiving page. Your donation will show on their page and also will be added to the grand total on our team page.

Thank you to everyone who has agreed to take part.


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